Tigers Acquire Jarrod Washburn

The Tigers acquired pitcher Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners, according to Mike Salk of ESPN radio in SeattleJon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports agrees, saying the Mariners will get pitcher Luke French and another prospect.  MLB Network tells us the other prospect is pitcher Mauricio Robles.  Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse (via Twitter) suggests the Tigers may not be done.  They'd like to add a hitter.

Washburn, a Scott Boras client and free agent after the season, projects as a Type B.  If the Tigers offer arbitration to Washburn after the season and he signs elsewhere, they'll get a supplemental draft pick.  The risk is that he could accept and the Tigers would owe him more than $10MM in 2010.  Washburn has about $3.8MM left on his current contract, and the Tigers will presumably take all of that.  

Washburn has a 2.64 ERA in 133 innings this year, so if he keeps it up to any extent he'll give the Tigers a strong front three with Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson.  The Tigers have a two-game lead over the Twins in the division, so every win counts.

SI's Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are pessimistic about making a big move, with Washburn off the table.


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