The Washington Nationals had two announcements this afternoon. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported on Twitter that the Nats had re-signed right-handed veteran Chris Young to a minor league deal. The Nationals themselves then later announced that they had filled the job opening created by Trent Jewett's departure for the Seattle Mariners' bench by hiring minor league field coordinator Bob Henley as Matt Williams' new third base coach:
The #Nats have agreed to terms w/Bob Henley as 3B coach, promoting him from minor lg. field coordinator. This will be his 11th season w/Nats— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 19, 2013
Henley, 40, spent seven of his eight minor league seasons in the Montreal Expos' organization after the team selected him in the 26th Round of the 1991 amateur draft. The catcher had a combined .275/.386/.433 line in the minors and played 41 games in the majors in his one stint with the Expos in 1998, when the then-25-year-old Henley put up a .304/.377/.470 line in 132 plate appearances.
The Nationals also announced this afternoon that they had agreed on a minor league deal with Chris Young, 34, who signed with Washington last winter, opted out of the deal, but returned to make seven starts with the Nats' Triple-A affiliate in an injury-filled campaign in which he was (1-2) with a 7.88 ERA, a 7.17 FIP, 14 walks (3.94 BB/9) and 16 Ks (4.50 K/9) in 32 IP.
The #Nats re-signed RHP Chris Young to a Minor League deal.— William Ladson (@washingnats) November 19, 2013
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