Chris Young has voiced his displeasure, and the Washington Nationals answered with an unconditional release. The release comes one day after Young decided it was best to opt out of his minor league deal.
It is not that Young did not like what the Nationals had to offer. At his age, he would like nothing more than to pitch for a winner, and Washington appears to have what it takes to go the distance. However, he did not like the idea of starting games in Triple-A just to stay in shape so that the Nationals can call on him if an injury were to occur.
With that being said, Young has not ruled out the possibility of becoming a member of the Nationals organization if the timing is right. The 33-year-old claims to have several teams interested in his service, but it is unknown which organizations would sign the nine-year veteran.
“We are going to stay in touch [with the Nationals] over the next few days,” Young told Nationals.com. “It allows me to read the market, see what the options are and still maintain dialogue with the Nationals. See if things work out.”
Young went 1-0 with a 2.25 earned run average, nine strikeouts, seven walks and 16 innings in four starts this spring. It is not that he posted bad numbers in camp. It is the mere fact that there are better candidates to be a starting pitcher on a team that is determined to win a second consecutive National League East title.