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The Twins make an offer to Jarrod Washburn

Jan 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

“Jarrod Washburn is the epitome of a bad free-agent target.”

Aaron Gleeman, December 2, 2009

You may wonder why Aaron has been a bit quiet this week. I’m no good at keeping secrets, so I may as well just come out with it: Aaron is currently undergoing intense psychiatric counseling following multiple suicide attempts brought on by the Twins doing things like making offers to Jarrod Washburn instead of getting in on Adrian Beltre or a serviceable second baseman who may actually help them win the Central in 2010.  But hey, if you have the opportunity to pay $7 million or so to a guy like Washburn, you simply can’t pass up that deal.

As Aaron noted last month, Washburn went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight starts following the trade to the Tigers,
allowing 35 runs in 43 innings before missing the final three weeks
with a knee injury that required offseason surgery.  He’s a smoke and mirrors pitcher who benefited from a big ballpark and an outrageously good set of outfielders in Seattle the first part of last year.  Without those things, he was utterly exposed.

The Tigers trading for him last year did not help them win the division.  The Twins signing him this year, however, may allow Detroit to do just that.

  1. Moses Green - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Hmmm… Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano (apparently eating lightning and crapping thunder in the Dominican Republic, complete with tropical training montage.) Why on earth would the Twins want to sign Washburn for free agent bucks when they have those five guys at approximately 14 million (I’m just guessing here, Baker and Pavano are arb-eligible and the other 3 are near league min.)
    If you’re the Twins, this signing makes no sense at all even if you only have 4 starters. But with those 5 and Perkins and Swarzak in the wings? Madness.

  2. Grant - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    The Twins sure do love this kind of signing, don’t they? Washburn might be the next Livan Hernandez or Sidney Ponson.

  3. Moses Green - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Oops Liriano is arb.-eligible, don’t know what he’ll command post-TJ though. Still, Pavano, Liriano and Baker should all be less expensive or at least comparably expensive as Washburn, yes?

  4. Craig - Jan 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    why on earth? i thought the twins were in discussions with orlando hudson? and now this? this is just silly.

  5. Bill@TDS - Jan 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Absurd. In Safeco, in front of the best outfield defense ever assembled (more or less), Washburn was a fine pitcher. In front of what I really believe will be the worst outfield defense in the league (Young/Kubel – Span – Cuddyer…just typing that out gives me the willies), Washburn will come out looking like a batting-practice pitcher. This might actually be the worst move they could realistically make.

  6. Robert - Jan 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Baker signed a 4 year contract before the 2009 season.

  7. Zack - Jan 6, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    It will likely be tied to trading another pitcher. I’m expecting a Washburn signing and a trade of Liriano for spare parts for maximum awfulness.

  8. Son of Shane Mack - Jan 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    The Twins are like moths and bug zappers when it comes to lame veteran starting pitchers. At least in the past there was a sort-of spot for Livan or whoever. Really, you’d think that after almost a half decade of horrific failures in signing people no one else wanted (Ponson, Ramon Ortiz, Livan, Bautista, Juan Castro) they would learn.
    Sadly, it’s probably not the case.

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