Chris Young rumors: Mets, Nationals, others in play

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Chris Young is now a free agent, and he could sign in the next few days.

The Washington Nationals officially granted right-hander Chris Young his release this morning, and Andy Martino of The New York Daily News reports that the veteran could sign "within a day or two." The New York Mets are among the teams in play for Young, who could also wind up reaching an agreement to stay in DC.

While Martino reports Young could sign soon, Bill Ladson of MLB.com says the right-hander is not close to signing with a team. Young will meet with his agent today in order to discuss the options he currently has.

The options for the 33-year-old could be plenty, as there's been buzz of varying levels of interest across the league. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers all had scouts on hand to watch Young's start last night.

Young only started eight games over the 2010-11 seasons, but he was able to log 20 starts for the Mets last year. He maintained an ERA of 4.15 over 115 innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.22. He owns a career ERA of 3.79 over parts of nine seasons in the majors.

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