NEW YORK -- The Mets are "deep into talks" with right-handed pitcher Chris Young, according to ESPN.com. The team would not confirm the report.

The Padres recently declined Young's 2011 option after a third consecutive injury-riddled season -- this time a strained right shoulder was the culprit -- limited him to four starts. He is three years removed from his status as one of the game's top young starters, having gone 32-20 with a 3.60 ERA from 2005-07. Now 31, Young is looking to resurrect his career.

If signed, Young would provide the Mets with exactly what they need: a cheap, low-risk starter to fill out their rotation. Uncertain of Johan Santana's status, the Mets only have three proven big league starters on the roster: Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey.

Young made $6.4 million last year in the final season of a four-year, $14.5 million contract. But given his injury history over the past three seasons, he will command far less than that annually on the open market.