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Scott Boras says five teams are interested in Jarrod Washburn

Apr 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

UPDATE: These could be two of them. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and Indians are possibilities for Washburn, while the Mariners are becoming “a long shot.”

7:00 pm: Agent Scott Boras told Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse that “as many as five clubs” are interested in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

“A lot of teams are interested. The reality has struck.”

This, after Washburn reportedly turned down a modest contract offer from the Mariners last month. Right. Now Boras has everyone right where he wants them. Crackerjack job, man.

Washburn was 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 28 starts last season; impressive numbers until you remember the cozy place he pitched in until July 31 and the 7.33 ERA he posted in eight starts with the Tigers. His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was actually 4.58. Toss in the fact that he’s a 35-year-old left-hander who underwent knee surgery last October, and it’s no surprise to see him still out of work, or at least without the contract he and his agent desires.

  1. peteinfla - Apr 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    “The reality has struck”? This guy is bad for baseball, bad for the fans, and bad for any client he has who is not a mega-star. Until all these players realize he is a self serving, overblown asshole and drop him as an agent, there is no reality.

  2. Nasty Boy - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Jesus, where have we heard this before. If this goes on for a few weeks, it will be at least ten. It’s like the old song by the Four Tops,” Its the same old sond ” Scott your beating a dead horse.

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Boras’ song has no beat and you can’t dance to it. I give it a 45.

  4. Darren Rasmussen - Apr 10, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    I’m guessing the “Five Teams” in question would be the Hanshin Tigers, The Nippon Ham Fighters, The Saint Paul Saints, the Miami Miracle and the Chico’s Bail Bonds Bears.

  5. Moses Green - Apr 10, 2010 at 5:08 AM

    The Greater Hartford Twilight League in central Connecticut is always looking for old guys who used to pitch at the higher levels.
    I’ll believe this latest batch of Washburn rumor-mongering when I hear it from Heyman.
    Seriously though – the real story here is “How stupid is Washburn to stick with Boras?” The guy only does a good job for top tier talent. If Washburn was even half-smart he’d do what Felipe Lopez did 2 months ago – fire Boras, find an agent with the time and inclination to negotiate for middle-tier talent, presto you have a job.

  6. jwb - Apr 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    “The guy only does a good job for top tier talent.”
    I hear this a lot but don’t really understand where this is coming from. You don’t think non-top tier talent like, say, Andruw Jones, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Varitek aren’t happy with their situations? Eric Gagne, Byung-Hun Kim, and Ron Villone got NRIs, didn’t make their teams, but at least they got opportunities. Scott Schoeneweis got an NRI and did make his team, so he’s probably pretty happy. Speaking of Japan, non-top tier talent Chris Bootcheck will make over twice as much this season as a Yokohama Baystar than he did last season a Pittsburgh Pirate/Indianapolis Indian, and NPB contracts are guaranteed.
    “This guy is bad for baseball, bad for the fans”
    peteinfla, I am really sorry that Scott Boras called out teams for not spending their revenue sharing money, that the MLBPA called out the Marlins a bit later for not spending their revenue sharing money, that Bud Selig called out the Marlins a bit later for not spending their revenue sharing money, and a bit later the Marlins signed Josh Johnson to a long term contract. If I were jwbinfla, I would have preferred Dan Uggla. I understand that coincidence is not causality, but there’s a fair amount of coincidence here. Again, I’m sorry. A dark day for baseball, baseball fans, and especially Florida baseball fans. Revenue sharing money going to a talented baseball player instead of Jeff Loria’s pocket is just so bad for baseball in Florida. But look at the bright side: Johnson is cost controlled for four years now, so he can be traded for a bucket of chum or maybe the next Hanley Ramirez!

  7. dp - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Very good Darren, This guy tells so many lies, that he believes them himself. The way to tell if he’s lying, is look to see if his lips are moving.

  8. Nasty Boy - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    If you look up liar in the dictionary , Scott Boras will be in the pictured form.

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