The Washington Nationals officially cut ties with starting pitcher Chris Young yesterday, and several teams have since been tied to the right-hander. However, the New York Mets and Texas Rangers do not appear to have interest in Young, according to reports.
The Mets were thought to have some level of interest in Young, considering Shaun Marcum's questionable status for the start of the season. But Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes that New York doesn't "appear to be thinking about" a reunion with Young. Instead, they could turn to in-house options -- including Aaron Laffey -- to fill out their rotation.
While the Mets' level of interest in Young remains unclear, it sounds like the Rangers are emphatically uninterested in the veteran, according to Jeff Wilson of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Texas has continued to be tied to starting pitching throughout the offseason, but they have announced that they'll enter the year with youngster Nick Tepesch as their No. 5 starter.
Prior to being released by the Nationals, Young maintained an ERA of 2.25 over four starts spanning 16 innings this spring. The 33-year-old posted an ERA of 4.15 over 20 starts for the Mets last season, and he owns a career mark of 3.79 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.21 over nine seasons in the majors.