Twins Made Offer To Jarrod Washburn

SATURDAY, 1:13pm: Neal reports that Washburn has turned down Minnesota's offer.

FRIDAY, 4:08pm: Neal hears that the Twins made Washburn a one-year offer worth about $5MM. Neal hears that talks have been "pretty much dead" since the club made the initial offer.

THURSDAY, 10:28am: La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune spoke to several Twins people yesterday and "received NO indications that an offer has been made."  Talking to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier, Washburn would not comment on Miller's report but said the Twins are "definitely one of the teams at the top of my list of places I'd like to end up."

TUESDAY, 10:35pm: The Twins made an offer to lefty Jarrod Washburn, reports Scott Miller of CBSSports.com.  Miller doesn't have the details, though I'd say Washburn is a candidate for a one-year deal in the $6-7MM range.  Then again, he's represented by Scott Boras.  The Twins claimed Washburn off waivers from the Mariners in August of '08, but a deal could not be reached.

The Twins would have decent rotation depth with Washburn, since Carl Pavano accepted arbitration earlier this winter.  Miller believes the depth might allow the Twins to trade for a third baseman.  Kevin Kouzmanoff is the oft-discussed name, though Dan Uggla or Mat Gamel could make sense in my opinion.

Washburn might be considered similar to Doug Davis and Jon Garland; the Brewers are expected to sign one of the three.  The Mets could also enter the mix.


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226 Comments on "Twins Made Offer To Jarrod Washburn"


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Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Washburn to Twins
Davis to Mets
Garland to Brewers

trade Glen Perkins and Anthony Swarzak and Danny Valencia for Dan Uggla

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heineken_77
5 years 6 months ago

no dan uggla, not what the twins need. Why would we get rid of Danny Valencia when he’s our best prospect/ready for 3rd base.

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Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Because he’s 25 years old and is not their best prospect and has done nothing to prove he’s completely major league ready

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

thats too much for Uggla but it would be a popular move with fans.

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Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I disagree with you. Glen Perkins fits nowwhere in the Twins rotation and has value. Danny Valencia Needs to be used to reel in a big bat for Minnesota since they lost out on Adrian beltre. What about if the twins sign Miguel Tejada?

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5 years 6 months ago

I would like a Tejada signing. I think Tejada would be a nice fit with the club as he has shown a consistent ability to hit at or near .300 with some pop. He also always has a nice OPS and OBP two things the twins value. Any combo of the following would work for me regarding the 2B and 3B holes.

TEJADA 3B
PUNTO 2B

TEJADA 3B
CABRERA 2B

CREDE 3B
PUNTO 2B

CREDE 3B
CABRERA 2B

CREDE 3B
UGGLA 2B

TEJADA 3B
UGGLA 2B

(how great would that last one be, definitely the most unprobable I’m afraid.)

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5 years 6 months ago

A Tejada/Uggla infield might be an offensive upgrade from 2009, but it would also be a really poor defensive one. Tejada’s defense at SS has been declining each year, and while a move to 3B might make sense from a range standpoint, it doesn’t automatically mean he’ll be a good 3B. In regards to Uggla, he was the second worst defensive 2B in baseball last season (according to FanGraphs). For a team like the Twins, they need good defense to stay competitive with their richer neighbors.

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sploorp
5 years 6 months ago

I agree. If the Twins do go for a 3rd baseman, I think it should be a trade for Kouz. His defense really blossomed last season and he should really come into his own as a hitter with a move out of safeco.

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Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

i have a question for twins fans

is the new target field a hitters park, pitchers park, or neutral? just wondering.

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S_B_G
5 years 6 months ago

Since there have been zero games played there, I’m going with neutral.

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Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

nah..trade joe mauer, justin morneau, and cuddyer for Dan Ugly and PTBNL

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heineken_77
5 years 6 months ago

ahh what?

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wilchiro
5 years 6 months ago

I like the signing. Would Melvin Mora be considered for the 3B job for around a 1y 4m contract? Would that be “overpaying” cosidering he is 37?

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CrisE
5 years 6 months ago

He’s not $4m good anymore. After 500AB last year that shows he can’t field the position and hit at an average level, he’s got some proving to do. The age just lowers his chances to bounce back.

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twins4life
5 years 6 months ago

Seems like the twins have a busy week coming up

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

about time huh?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Uggla would be a nice bat for that lineup. Uggla would probably play second with Joe Crede (if resigned) /Nick Punto/Brendan Harris taking third. Twins have seen a philosophical shift from scrappy get um on get um over get um in guys to some serious thunder up and down the lineup. Even without Uggla, the twins have Kubel Mauer Morneau Cuddyer and yes even Young capable of smacking 25 homers/25 doubles next year. This is by far the most powerful small market team in all of baseball right now.