Chris Young expected to return to Mets

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We heard way back in December that the Mets were open to bringing back right-hander Chris Young on a minor league deal and now it appears as though a reunion could be right around the corner.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Young has narrowed his choices to the Mets or Padres and is “more inclined” to return to New York.

“It will happen,” the person said, predicting that Young will return to the New York.

The Mets need starting pitching depth in the worst way right now, but Young is no sure thing to contribute anytime soon. He is currently working his way back from May 2010 surgery to repair the anterior capsule muscle in his right shoulder. Current Mets’ starter Johan Santana underwent the same procedure in September of 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season. Young told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in January that he hopes to be pitching again by April.

Young, who turns 34 in May, posted a 1.88 ERA and 21/11 K/BB ratio over four starts with New York last season prior to the surgery. He has been limited to just 22 starts over the past three seasons due to shoulder woes.

UPDATE: Andy Martino notes on Twitter that a deal is “not imminent.”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.