Nats have decisions to make on Rivero, Young

Nats have decisions to make on Rivero, Young

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have some tough decisions to make regarding outfielder/infielder Carlos Rivero and right-hander Chris Young.

Rivero is out of Minor League options and he will not make the Opening Day roster. The Nationals could designate him for assignment or try to trade him. Entering Friday's action against the Tigers, Rivero was 7-for-41 (.171) with nine RBIs this spring.

"We'll know what other teams think of him," said general manager Mike Rizzo. "He is a good, versatile player. He is a guy that could help some teams. … We'll see shortly."

Barring an injury, Young is another person who will not make the 25-man roster and Rizzo indicated that Young will not start the season in the Minor Leagues.

Young could be in a situation similar to catcher Chris Snyder, who was released by the club because he had a better opportunity with the Angels.

"Once he really gets command of his stuff -- the longer he pitches in Spring Training -- I think he will really find himself, command wise," Rizzo said. "[Young] has an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues. We are certainly not going to keep him in the Minor Leagues if he has a chance at a big league job. That's only right. That's how we get these players to come with us under these conditions, because they know we are going to do right by them and treat them well."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.