The Washington Times - April 1, 2013, 12:23PM

The Washington Nationals have remained in touch with right-hander Chris Young ever since he was granted his unconditional release from the club last week. Young, who the Nationals signed in the hope that he’d serve as starting pitching depth for them, is still a free agent.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said assistant GM Bryan Minniti has been in touch with Young’s representatives.

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“I think the decision is in Chris’s hands,” Rizzo said. “We’ve been in conversation with him since he left us.”

Young, who had an opt-out in his minor league deal and chose to exercise it, spoke glowingly of his time with the Nationals this spring. His desire, however, was for a spot on a major league team. So far, it appears, he hasn’t been able to land one.

The Nationals would likely welcome him back, if that’s what Young chose, and send him to Triple-A Syracuse as starting pitching insurance.