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Jarrod Washburn could retire

Feb 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

MLB_washburn.jpgIt’s not been a great offseason for Jarrod Washburn.  Rumored at various times to be going various places, Washburn still doesn’t have a job.  The two teams most prominently mentioned in Washburn rumors — the Twins and Mariners — don’t seem particularly interested in him.  In light of that, Jon Paul Morosi reports that Washburn may just hang it up:

So now what for Washburn?

It remains possible that Seattle or
Minnesota could boost its payroll by enough money to give Washburn an
enticing one-year offer. If that doesn’t happen, and if Washburn doesn’t want to play elsewhere, he has a third option.

Retirement.  It
sounds extreme, yes. But one major league source said Thursday that the
left-hander might decide to stay home in Wisconsin if he doesn’t get
the right offer from the right team.

I don’t know if Jarrod Washburn deserves a Major League job. He’s not as good as he looked in the first half of last year and he was pretty terrible for Detroit after the trade. He’s also reported to not be particularly motivated to play for anyone but Minnesota — where he lives — or Seattle, where he prospered.  It may just be the end of the line for him.

But I can’t help but wonder if one more factor is at play here, and that’s his agent. Fella by the name of Scott Boras, who doesn’t seem like he would be the best representation if you, like Washburn, were in a position where the difference between getting a job and not getting a job is your willingness to go to a team with hat in hands.

  1. Matty - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I bet Dayton Moore signs him.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Feb 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    I’m still in trouble for telling TigersfanRob for saying he might add to the rotation last year.

  3. Peter Miller - Feb 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Craig, I agree that Washburn is not as good as he looked with Seattle last year, but could be possibly be as bad as he looked with Detroit? He had been at least an average pitcher for most of his career, I have to believe that his injury played some role in his abysmal performance for the Tiggers. Assuming he is healthy, I can’t believe that someone would not be interested in him, there are alot of teams with much worse pitching than Washburn. Has it really gotten to the point where clients of Boras will not get offers just because of him? And if so, when does the long overdue exodus away from him begin?

  4. D-Luxxx - Feb 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Washburn’s 1st half numbers were the results of playing in a pitcher-friendly ball park with a stellar defensive outfield behind him. I for one would be happy to see him retire. That way people can stop talking about him signing with the Twins.

  5. Union - Feb 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    He lives in Wisconsin so I’m wondering if the Brewers have any need for him at a discounted price. I would be shocked to see him sign with my Twins, since I believe they’ve pretty much spent all there was to spend this off season. Not to mention the money offered earlier to him was contingent on the Pavano signing. I don’t think it helps either that he is an extreme flyball pitcher and the Twins OF defense is not going to be that great this year.
    With all of the center fielders in Oakland not to mention the park dimensions, I’m kind of surprised Oakland hasn’t been in the the mix for him.

  6. Grant - Feb 5, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    He seems like a guy worth taking a shot on if you’re the Mets. But, yeah, the Mets.

  7. wiz - Feb 26, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    I’d take him back in Seattle. We need a 4th or 5th starter and he is great for those slots. Average beats bad in the last two slots in the rotation.

  8. Zdiddy - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    He lives in Wisconsin, but is about 1-hour 30-minutes (driving distance) from Twins new stadium. About 8 hours driving distance from Milwaukee. Would be a nice gig to commute back and forth to work to the Twin Cities for 81 games a year. He’d be great in a Twins uniform. Too bad the Twins are so thrifty with their money.

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