Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Nationals have continued to add depth to their starting pitching all winter, today announcing that they've agreed on a deal with veteran right-hander Chris Young, who has signed a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.
Asked in his interview with ESPN980 hosts Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro yesterday if the defending NL East Champion Washington Nationals were done adding to their roster as they get set to defend their division title, D.C. GM Mike Rizzo repeated his offseason mantra. "We like the team we have," Rizzo said, "I often say, we like the team we have. We like where we're at, but we're never satisfied. If we can upgrade at a singular position we would. We're always looking to get more depth and more insurance as Davey [Johnson] likes to refer to it. We're always scouring the waiver wires and talking to guys about what makes us a little bit better, a little bit deeper, a little bit [less susceptible] to injuries and that type of thing. As close as we are to the roster as it is, we still keep an open mind on things that could be and might be."
One of the things the Nationals have admitted to wanting to add to is the starting pitching depth in the organization after the team traded some of its top pitching prospects over the last two winters. The Nats announced a deal that will add to the organization's starting depth this afternoon. Washington signed 33-year-old, 6'10'' right-hander Chris Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The nine-year major league veteran pitched for the New York Mets in 2012, going (4-9) with a 4.15 ERA, 4.50 FIP, 36 walks (2.82 BB/9) and 80 Ks (6.26 K/9) in 20 starts and 115.0 IP over which he was worth +0.5 fWAR. Young, who's pitched for the Rangers, Padres and Mets in his MLB career, was recovering from shoulder surgery (torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder) last year when he signed a minor league deal in late March to return to New York for a second season.
Over the course of his career, the Princeton-educated starter is (53-43) with a 3.79 ERA, 4.26 FIP, 3.46 BB/90 and 7.46 K/9 in 159 starts and 890.2 IP.