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There is nothing to suggest that the Royals are interested in Jarrod Washburn

Apr 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star responds to Heyman’s rumors regarding the Royals’ alleged interest in Jarrod Washburn:

Reports persist of the Royals’ interest in free-agent pitcher Jarrod
Washburn without any apparent substantiation from club officials.
Further, one top club official says the Royals are $1.5 million over
budget for their major-league payroll.

Personally, I trust Bob Dutton with Royals news more than I trust Heyman, and that doesn’t sound like a team who is offering “significant” money to Jarrod Washburn.

Unless and until that story changes out of Kansas City, I’m going to assume that this is yet another instance of Boras using Heyman in order to help create a competitive market for one of his clients where one does not in fact exist.

  1. Moses Green - Apr 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Bump from other Washburn post.
    I think this all hinges on the word “signficant”. In baseball terms for a pitcher with the numbers that Wash put up last season, significant money might be 6 million a year. “Significantly more” that someone else’s offer… well say Seattle offered Wash 1.25 mill. That’s less than they gave Bedard. So if KC offers 1.75 mill, that’s signficantly more than 1.25 mill. See? Simple.
    Trust Bob Dutton all you like, but when’s the last time he broke big MLB news? He’s a plow horse, not a scoop artist.

  2. BC - Apr 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    The fact that teams that need starting pitching (Mets, Angels, even the Phillies) aren’t even sniffing around for him leads me to believe that the general opinion is that Washburn is through. Either physically through, or he’s thinking of retirement.

  3. ecp - Apr 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Say what you want about Dutton; I’m not terribly wild about him, but when it comes to the Royals and any staff changes, he’s never wrong. He doesn’t say it unless and until he’s 100% sure.

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