Contrary to reports Monday, Young says he is not on the verge of signing with the Mets and continues to engage in talks with several other clubs as well.
"The Mets are one of the teams with whom I have had dialogue," Young wrote in an e-mail to CBSSports.com on Monday night. "Not close to a deal with anyone at the present time."
While Young declined to list the clubs with whom he is talking in order to avoid more speculation, he said he is talking with the Mets "along with seven or eight other teams, including San Diego."
Young, an All-Star in 2007 with the Padres, has had a run of tough luck in recent seasons regarding his health, but he finished strong in 2010. After missing most of the season following a setback to his surgically repaired right shoulder, Young went 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four September starts for San Diego as the Padres went down the stretch with San Francisco.
Though Young's velocity was down on his fastball in the beginning, it reached the upper 80s by his final start.
Like San Diego, the Mets play in a pitcher-friendly park -- Citi Field -- that suits a fly ball pitcher like Young. Also like San Diego, the Mets are looking to fill out their rotation. Currently, ace Johan Santana is slotted to miss the beginning of the season following shoulder surgery. Currently, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Neise and R.A. Dickey are projected as the top three in the New York rotation.
The Mets have a new manager in Terry Collins, and a couple of key members of the front office are very familiar with Young: New general manager Sandy Alderson and his assistant, Paul DePodesta, each spent time in San Diego's front office in recent years.