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Chris Young rumors: Angels interested, Mets 'taking a pass'

The Angels have been tied to Chris Young, while the Mets are "taking a pass" on the right-hander.

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The Los Angeles Angels appear to have some level of interest in free agent starting pitcher Chris Young, while the New York Mets are "almost certainly taking a pass" on the right-handers, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News.

The Mets have been tied to Young since rumors of his availability was announced. It was thought that the uncertainty surrounding starter Shaun Marcum could pique New York's interest in Young.

However, it appears that the Mets will pass on the 33-year-old. Young spent the 2012 seasons with New York, maintaining an ERA of 4.15 over 20 starts.

The Angels' starting rotation is set, as they are prepared to enter the season with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson, Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas. Still, Los Angeles is now being linked to Young. While the veteran isn't a fit for the team's rotation, he could provide starting pitching depth in the minors.

Prior to his injury issues, Young was an effective starter with the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres from 2005-07. He was limited to 32 starts from 2008-09, and that total dropped to just eight from 2010-11 before he totaled 115 innings for the Mets last year.

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