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The Nationals aren’t in on Chris Young

Jan 14, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

Chris Young throwing

Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote earlier this week that the Nationals “may be in play” for free agent right-hander Chris Young, but a baseball source told Bill Ladson of MLB.com today that the report was untrue.

This would seem to leave the Mets as the most logical destination, as the two sides have been connected in rumors countless times since the Winter Meetings.

To that end, Mets assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York today that Young “could be a nice fit” for the club. Though the Mets have repeatedly denied making an offer, Marchand writes that there is “strong interest” from both sides and that the 6-foot-10 right-hander “figures to sign soon.”

Young, 31, has been limited to just 36 starts over the past three seasons due to a series of injuries, including shoulder surgery in August of 2009. He posted an 0.90 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio over four starts down the stretch with the Padres last season, though he averaged just 84.7 mph on his fastball.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I think Young makes a lot of sense for the Twins. They have a lot of question marks in that rotation and adding another quasi-established starter could help push the time table for Pavano to make up his mind about bringing that beautiful ‘stache back to the Twin Cities for another couple of summers.

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