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Nationals Sign RHPs Chris Young And Gabriel Alfaro To Minor League Deals

Chris Young signed with the Washington Nationals last Spring, opted out of his deal, but decided to return to the organization. He'll be back again in 2014. The Nats also announced today that they'd signed 30-year-old right-hander Gabriel Alfaro to a minor league deal.

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The Washington Nationals announced this morning that they had added two right-handed pitchers on minor league deals. Chris Young was re-signed after pitching in the organization last season. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported that signing on Tuesday. The Nats added another name this morning in an announcement on Twitter:

Young, 34, made seven starts with the Nats' Triple-A affiliate in an injury-shortened season 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.

Alfaro, 30, spent two years in the Blue Jays' system as a 22/23-year-old in 2005-2006. The right-hander spent the last two seasons pitching for the Guerreros de Oaxaca in the Mexican League, where the 6'3'' right-hander was (10-5) with 52 saves, a 2.58 ERA, 48 walks (3.35 BB/9) and 163 Ks (11.37 K/9) in 110 games and 129 IP.


• Video via GuerrerosOaxaca on YouTube.

As the tweeted report noted, both right-handers received invitations to Spring Training.

• Note: The Nationals also need to make a decision on adding a player to the 40-Man Roster today before the deadline to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft. More info on any roster additions when it is available (or when the Nats announce Sammy Solis has been added)...