More Washburn Non-Trade Notes

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a pretty good round-up of press reports out of Seattle on the Mariners-Twins negotiations for Jarrod Washburn and the eventual non-trade:

  • Washburn thought it "ideal" to pitch for the Twins.
  • Contrary to what he heard, the Mariners did not turn down Boof Bonser for Washburn, confirming what we heard and contradicting what had originally been reported.
  • Apparently, the Mariners were willing to pay part of Washburn’s salary as part of a deal that netted them a better player.

He concludes: "Bottom line: By placing that waiver claim this week, the Twins were willing to take on Washburn’s entire contract — $13 million through the end of 2009 for a 34-year-old lefty who is 5-12 with a 4.58 ERA — and the M’s walked away from the chance."

Alejandro A. Leal writes for Rumors? Comments? alexo05 (at) umpbump (dot) com.

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