PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Right-hander Chris Young, who remained a free agent as camps opened, has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.
Young, 33, went 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts with the Mets last season after returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.
Young becomes one of a bevy of extra starting pitchers the Nats have assembled beyond projected starters Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler.
Young would probably lead a field of other contenders should there be an injury. That group includes fellow Princeton product Ross Ohlendorf as well as Zach Duke.