Ex-Met Young inks minors deal with Nats

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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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.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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