When the Washington Nationals granted Chris Young his release at the end of March, it was so Young could look to see if there were any other offers on the market.
Today, it turns out he didn’t like any of the options available to him and will return to the Nationals organization as the team announced that they have signed him to a minor league contract. Young undoubtedly wants to be back in the major leagues and being a sixth starter on a contending team isn’t a bad way to get back there.
From a Nationals perspective, Young is good depth for an organization that lacks starting pitching depth outside of their Major League roster. It was always a low-risk solution and the fact that Young came back shows that there is some respect between him and the organization.
There was some talk that the New York Mets, who have had a lot of injuries to their starting rotation would be interested but they chose to pass on Young, who spent last year with the organization.
Young will pitch in Florida at the Nationals minor league complex for a few sessions and then report to Triple A and pitch for the Syracuse Chiefs.