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Nationals grant Young unconditional release

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VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have granted right-hander Chris Young his unconditional release Tuesday morning. It comes a day after he filed paperwork to opt out of his Minor League contract.

Young arrived at Space Coast Stadium at 9 a.m. ET and he worked out in the team's weight room before receiving word that he was no longer a member of the Nationals. In four starts this spring, Young allowed four runs in 16 innings.

Young didn't rule out returning to the Nationals. He is going to meet with his agent, Jon Fetterolf on Tuesday and discuss the options he has. Young said he is not close to signing with a team.

"We are going to stay in touch [with the Nationals] over the next few days," Young said. "It allows me to read the market, see what the options are and still maintain dialogue with the Nationals. See if things work out."

The Nationals' rotation is set and Young was asked if he was willing to work out of the bullpen. Young said, "If the circumstances were right. It's just something I don't have much experience doing. I don't know if the organization would want that. Until that is mentioned, it's hard for me to consider it."

Young declined to say which teams are interested in his services, but he said he has a lot of options. He hinted he would like to pitch for a winning team.

"In fairness to [the teams], their staffs and my situation, I'll leave that alone right now," Young said. "Winning is important and that is part of the reason this place appeals to me. This is a winning baseball environment with a bunch of winners in this clubhouse.

"The coaching staff, the front office, the ownership -- this organization is great. Being in this environment, you get a little taste of it, you see how fun it is and you want to be part of it. With that being said, you can't have everything. You have to evaluate all the circumstances and see what makes sense -- what best for me, my family and my career. We'll make that decision when we have all the information."

With Young off the team, the Nationals' Spring Training roster is at 30.

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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