Washburn Waiting For Right Offer

Free agent lefty Jarrod Washburn spoke to MLB.com's Jim Street, telling Street he's waiting for the right offer.  Washburn quipped, "I never liked Spring Training anyway."

Washburn told Street that he rejected some offers (reportedly $5MM from the Twins among them) because he wasn't ready to make a decision at the time.  Washburn says "it's not about money."  He'd love to return to the Mariners, but has not received an offer.  The southpaw would be happy to keep playing, but happy to retire as well.

Washburn's 2009 season was tricky – he wasn't as good as the 2.64 ERA he posted over the first four months, but a knee injury contributed to his 7.33 ERA over the last two.  Instead try CHONE's projection for 2010: a 4.63 ERA in 167 innings.


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16 Comments on "Washburn Waiting For Right Offer"


Guest
5 years 6 months ago

“I never liked Spring Training anyway.”

Such a stupid comment. Who says that to avoid signing? Over 2,000 players work their behind off in 6 weeks of Spring Training. The guy has to do the dirty work as well.

mattinglyfan
5 years 6 months ago

I think he was joking, at least that is what quipped meant, last time I checked.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

You aren’t gold to any team out there Washburn.Stop being like Manny Ramirez and sign with some 1.

twentyforty
5 years 6 months ago

Some of you guys just don’t get it. Unless he gets the exact situation he wants, he’s not going to play. It’s really pretty simple. He’s not holding anyone hostage and he certainly has free will to decide if he wants to “work” in 2010 or simply retire and move on to other things.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

Washburn > Looper just for the left handedness. In the right park he can still be strong. However, he is somewhat foolish for turning down a chance with the Twins. Now it looks either fight for a spot in some crowded rotation or get raked as an Oriole.

twentyforty
5 years 6 months ago

Or retire and live happily ever after. Truly, that is an option.

sullyrb1979
5 years 6 months ago

Washburn, if anything fits into the role well of mentoring young pitchers on a pitching staff. I applaud Washburn for taking the time to find a situation that fits for him, and ultimately he said he may decide to retire. Nothing wrong with that. @Braves25, this isn’t a Manny Ramirez or Brett Favre or Roger Clemens type situation, Washburn knows his worth or he wouldn’t be contemplating retirement. http://majorleaguebaseballscoop.wordpress.com

John Gyna
5 years 6 months ago

Again, what is up with the Mets sitting on their ass? It’s not like they have too many pitchers or anything.

5 years 6 months ago

i completely 100% agree he could fill the #2 or #3 spot in the rotation especially in huge citi field.

Mets SIGN WASHBURN!!!!!!!!!!!!

ghost5599
5 years 6 months ago

I think Wash is waiting for the M’s to make him an offer. He pitches pretty good at Safeco. Would be quite a few lefties in the M’s starting rotation but think they should go for him.

ghost5599
5 years 6 months ago

I think Wash is waiting for the M’s to make him an offer. He pitches pretty good at Safeco. Would make quite a few lefties in the M’s rotation but I think they should go for him at a reasonable price.

joethewest
5 years 6 months ago

I agree with you Ghost. Washburn has had substantial offers in a very poor market, and is just waiting for the M’s to make an offer. As an M’s fan I have never been a huge Washburn fan. But he certainly would bring more solidarity to the back end of the lineup than RRS or Ian Snell.

I’m willing to bet Jack Z is considering Wash, but I don’t think we’d be looking at more than one year with a team option. But I do hope something is offered to him. He’s been a fine Mariner.

twentyforty
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t bet on it.

frunkus
5 years 6 months ago

turning down contract offers? what is he an idiot?? how come none of these middling, older players are realizing that clubs are not giving millions to average / slightly below average veterans anymore? take any money you can get because otherwise you’re going to be fishing come spring. teams have woken up to the fact that they can give the league minimum to some 20 year old kid to hit .255 and 9 home runs, instead of paying a 38 year old player in decline 8 million for the same numbers. damon, washburn, delgado, sheffield, branyan… hope your financial planners did well for you because youre not going to make anymore cash from here on out.

jhawk90
5 years 6 months ago

Washburn says “it’s not about money.”

LOL – yeah you watched that ship sail pal – well done.

harmony55
5 years 6 months ago

For what it’s worth, here are career statistics for Jarrod Washburn and Braden Looper, who were born less than four months apart in 19745 and who have 12 seasons of MLB experience:

Washburn 1863 IP, 107-109 WL, 4.10 ERA, 109 ERA+, 17.7 WAR, $60.7 million (1.7 WAR in 2009)

Looper 1176 IP, 72-65 WL, 4.15 ERA, 102 ERA+, 5.4 WAR, $19.0 million (-0.9 WAR in 2009)