The Nationals have received interest from three or four teams about trading for towering right-hander Chris Young, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Nationals may reach a deal before Thursday, when Young can opt out of his minor league contract.
Young, 33, impressed scouts this spring with newfound health and recaptured form. Young underwent surgery last summer
this offseason to repair thoracic outlet syndrome, which Young believes led to two prior shoulder surgeries that failed to bring him comfort.
Young’s fastball has reached 88 miles per hour, and “there’s more there,” he said this morning. The last time Young felt this healthy and strong, he said, was 2007, when he made the All-Star Game.
Young spent all of last season either on the disabled list or at Class AAA Syracuse. The Nationals re-signed him this winter on a minor league contract as depth for their rotation.
Several teams have already reached out to Young in the event he opts out of his contract. The Nationals, deciding between Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan for their fifth starter spot, do not have room for Young in their major league rotation. Rather than losing him after Thursday, the Nationals could try to deal him first.