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Nationals release pitcher Chris Young

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 1:05pm  ET

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Washington Nationals pitcher Chris Young delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros on Monday, March 25, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Craig Heist, wtop.com

VIERA, Fla. The Nationals granted right-handed pitcher Chris Young his unconditional release Tuesday making him a free agent. The move comes a day after Young filed paperwork to opt out of him Minor League deal.

Young made his fourth start of the spring Monday night against the Astros in Kissimmee, giving up one unearned run. Young gave up a total of four runs in 16 innings this spring and said he couldn't have been treated better by the Nationals.

Other teams have shown interest, Young says. He was asked if he's going to a winning team is important to him.

"Winning is important and that's why this place appeals to me," Young said.

"This is a winning baseball environment. It's a bunch of winners in this clubhouse. The coaching staff, the front office, the ownership, this organization is just great and being in this environment, you get a little taste of it, you see how fun it is, and you want to be a part of it," he said.

Young will meet with his agent, John Fetterolf Tuesday to see what his options are and while being with the Nationals appeals to him, he has to be realistic.

"You can't have everything," Young said.

"You just have to evaluate all the circumstances and see what makes sense, what's best for my family and my career and we'll make that decision when we have all the information."

Young is free to talk with any team he wants to including the Nationals and he would not rule out a return.

"In the right circumstances, yes," he said.

With a rotation that is all set, if he were to return to the Nats, being a long man out of the bullpen could be considered, but Young said at this point, that hasn't been discussed.

"I have not considered it to this point. I don't think that's something the team has shown interest in and I don't have much experience doing it so I don't really think that's a consideration but that could change. But, as of now, I don't think that's accurate," he said.

With the move, the Nationals roster is at 30.

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