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Nationals Name Bob Henley New Third Base Coach; Sign Chris Young To Minor League Deal

The Washington Nationals hired Bob Henley as the new third base coach, filling the job opening created by Trent Jewett's departure for Seattle. The Nationals reportedly signed veteran right-hander Chris Young to a minor league deal, giving them some pitching depth.


The Washington Nationals had two announcements this afternoon.'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:

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.

"He threw the ball good this Spring, pitched really well, competitor. It's really great insurance." - Davey Johnson on Chris Young last Spring

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.

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