Young's assignment to AAA is overdue, but welcome. It reminds us once again how truly unspeakably, incredibly, absurdly foolish it was to give a 34-year-old, 300-pound diabetic a two-year contract in the first place. But we're one step closer to putting the Meathook debacle behind us.
The fact that Young accepted the assignment at AAA is mostly meaningless. I don't expect to see him back in the majors again, certainly not as a full-time player. But it's possible that Young can catch on as a pinch hitter for some team down the road, but he just turned 35, and even healthy, fit baseball players often fade badly at that age.
The one positive thing I take from this is that it seems that Bowden and the Nationals may finally be learning the Ron Wolf lesson, that the only thing worse than making a mistake is not correcting it right away. Bowden's tendency has been to not only refuse to correct mistakes, but to double-down on them to prove that he was right in the first place, even if that means re-acquiring players for another team in a new city in his pursuit of vindication.
If, after 15 years as a GM, he's finally learning the importance of giving up on sunk costs rather than throwing good money after bad, then that's a step in the right direction.