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Chris Young opts out of Nationals' contract

Right-hander Chris Young has opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals.

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Right-hander Chris Young has opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.

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Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington notes that while Young has filed the paperwork to opt out of his deal with the Nationals, the team still has 24 hours to put him on the roster. The right-hander told reporters -- including Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post -- that he hopes to work something out to remain with the Nationals, but at the same time he realizes that it likely won't happen.

Young added that he has "interest" from other clubs. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier that several teams -- including the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets -- all had scouts on hand to watch Young's start against the Houston Astros.

After only starting eight games over the 2010-11 seasons, Young started 20 games for the New York Mets last year. Over 115 innings, the 33-year-old maintained an ERA of 4.15 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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