The Latest On Jarrod Washburn

Don't rule out the possibility of Jarrod Washburn landing back in Seattle this year, writes Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Washburn told FOX Sports last week that his chances of returning to the Mariners were "probably not great," but the club is still interested, according to Morosi's sources.

With Erik Bedard still recovering from shoulder surgery, the Mariners' rotation has some question marks behind its aces, Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. Washburn spent most of the last four seasons in Seattle, posting a 2.64 ERA in 20 starts with the club last year before he was traded to the Tigers.

Morosi notes that Minnesota, the other club atop Washburn's wish list earlier this winter, may still be a suitor as well. Joe Nathan's health and the team's contingency plan will likely dictate their interest in Washburn. If Nathan's elbow requires surgery and the Twins decide to try Francisco Liriano as their closer, Morosi thinks Washburn could be a fit to fill out the Twins' rotation.

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5 Comments on "The Latest On Jarrod Washburn"

5 years 6 months ago

what about the mets. its a pitcher’s park and they have an open spot in their rotation.

5 years 6 months ago

Comerica Park is somewhat of a pitcher’s park and he still did horrible there.

5 years 6 months ago

Somewhat of a pitchers park? I would argue it is the most pitcher friendly park in the AL and would probably get a top 5 vote for most pitcher friendly in the MLB. But so is Safeco so which is more pitcher friendly? I always thought it was Comerica but I could be wrong.

5 years 6 months ago

Comerica might be more pitcher friendly but Seattle’s defense is way more pitcher friendly than Detroit’s so if he’s smart he’ll sign back with the M’s and hopefully put up good numbers again.

5 years 6 months ago

I wish people would actually check with the Twins before offering up Liriano as a closer. They’re not going to use him that way because his issues the past year or two have come largely within his hat, not his sleeve, and quite a bit of what separates good closers from other guys happens in the hat. If he fails in the rotation he won’t be trusted with the ninth, but if he returns to 2006 there’s no way they don’t start him every five days.

If it turns out he can’t stay healthy or effective then maybe they give him a look in the pen, but that sort of change wouldn’t happen for months.