VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo make no secret about their search for starting pitching depth: it’s constantly ongoing. That depth got a boost on Thursday when the Nationals signed Chris Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp.
Young, the 6-foot-10 right-hander who’s spent the last two seasons with the New York Mets, made 20 starts for the Mets in 2012 after recovering from 2011 shoulder surgery. The one-time Expos farmhand has been dogged by injury issues for a large part of his career, particularly since he was an All-Star in 2007.
A career 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA, Young has posted winning seasons in seven of his nine years in the major leagues. Young was 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA with the Mets last season.
Young will join players like Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Perry, Nathan Karns, Tanner Roark and perhaps Christian Garcia in Nationals camp as depth behind the team’s top five starters.