The Washington Nationals announced Thursday they signed starter Chris Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 33, made 20 starts for the New York Mets in 2012. He went 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 115 innings, striking out 6.3 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8. He has dealt with shoulder problems the last three seasons, including surgery in 2011, which limited him to four starts in both 2010 and 2011.
In fact, the last time Young started more than the 20 games he saw last season was in 2007, when he was named the San Diego Padres representitive in the All-Star game. He finished that season 9-8 with a 3.12 ERA.
Young will join Ross Ohlendorf and Yuniesky Maya at Triple-A Syracuse as MLB depth for the starting rotation — if his often injured shoulder holds up.