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Young likely to opt out of contract

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VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Chris Young has an opt-out clause in his contract that goes into effect on Sunday, but he will pitch against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday night. After that, it's his choice whether or not to stay.

While Young says there isn't any news to report, chances are less than 50 percent that he will stay with Washington unless someone in the rotation gets hurt. Once he becomes a free agent, teams like the Rangers, Mets, Yankees or Padres could use his services.

"There are opportunities. I'm just trying to decide what is the best fit in a lot of different ways," Young said. "I'm here to get myself ready for April 1 or whenever the season starts. That's the plan."

Young made it known that he has enjoyed his brief time with the Nationals. In three games, he has allowed three runs in 12 innings.

"They have been unbelievable," Young said about the Nationals. "This is a first-class organization from top to bottom. There is not a bad thing I can say about this place. They have done it right the whole time."

General manager Mike Rizzo already hinted that Young will likely be released from his contract.

"[Young] has an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues," Rizzo said on Friday. "We are certainly not going to keep him in the Minor Leagues if he has a chance at a big league job. That's only right. That's how we get these players to come with us under these conditions, because they know we are going to do right by them and treat them well."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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