Nationals release Chris Young

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Chris Young told the Nationals he planned to opt out of his minor-league contract if they didn’t add him to the MLB roster and today the two sides officially parted ways, as Washington released the veteran right-hander.

Washington has one of the best, deepest rotations in baseball, so it was never a particularly great fit for a 34-year-old starter trying to win a job during spring training. He should be able to help quite a few other teams as a back-of-the-rotation addition, although given his injury history and mid-80s velocity it may be on another minor-league contract.

Young started 20 games for the Mets last season, throwing 115 innings with a 4.15 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.