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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Igarashi, Young, Chavez

In case you missed the Mets news of late, here are some of the highlights:

Igarashi outrighted to Triple A

Ryota Igarashi cleared waivers as expected and was outrighted to Triple-A, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The Mets DFA'd Igarashi last week.

Nationals Not interested in Chris Young

The Nationals are not pursuing free agent starter Chris Young, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com.  We heard two days ago that Young was close to a decision, with the Nats mentioned as a team that "may be in play" for his services.

With Washington out of the picture, that leaves the Mets as Young's primary suitors.  The Amazins have been rumored to be interested in Young all winter and at one point were thought to have offered the right-hander a contract worth more than $1MM in guaranteed money (the Mets denied the report).

Adam Rubin of  ESPN NewYork.com wonders if Chris Young is the top option remaining in the Mets' price range, now that the Royals have agreed to a deal with Jeff Francis.

Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi told Andrew Marchand of  ESPN NewYork.com that Young "could be a nice fit" for the team.

Mets sign Raul Chavez to minor league deal... 

The Mets have signed catcher Raul Chavez to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, reports ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin (Twitter link).

Chavez, who turns 38 in March, last played in the majors in 2009, posting a .631 OPS in 168 plate appearances for Toronto.  He spent last season catching for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate.  The Mets will be Chavez's eighth franchise in a pro career that began in 1990.

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