See, I don't think it's "good for the Nats" to be honoring something that will be detrimental to the team. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but if I were brought in to replace Bowden and I heard of this "agreement" and Young clearly isn't ready/worth adding to the 40 man roster, I'd call him into the office and explain my view of reality to him. That would be that while we all love him as a person, he did not earn a spot on this team right now and the goal of this team is to win games, not make friends. My role as GM would be to put the best team on the field and if Young wasn't among those, so be it. It's a brutal side to the game but the game is a meritocracy and if Young hasn't earned a spot, he can bring it up with Bowden.
The gift that keeps on giving: Jimbo's inexplicable handshake agreement with Dmitri Young forces Stan's hand; Da MeatShake to be added to Nats' 40-man roster before Opening Day. Via Nationals Journal:The Nationals intend to add Dmitri Young to the 40-man roster before Opening Day because of a handshake agreement that was made this winter between Young and then-General Manager Jim Bowden.
Good for the Nats for honoring the "agreement", as bizarre and inexplicable as it may be.