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Jarrod Washburn apparently isn’t making a comeback

Feb 8, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

Jarrod Washburn

Back in November there were some reports of Jarrod Washburn considering a comeback after sitting out all of last season following knee surgery, but Joel Sherman has a note about Washburn in the New York Post that suggests the veteran left-hander won’t be pitching again.

According to Sherman the Yankees “did check into Washburn earlier in the offseason” but “matters did not go far.” Sherman writes that the Yankees would likely consider signing Washburn if he’d accept a minor-league deal and presumably if he was interesting in making a comeback he’d be fine with having to win a job during spring training.

Also interesting: Sherman notes that the Yankees tried to acquire Washburn at the 2009 trading deadline, but rightfully balked at the Mariners’ asking price of Austin Jackson and another prospect. Washburn ended up going to the Tigers for a considerably lesser package and pitched horribly before being shut down, and then in an odd twist of fate Detroit wound up acquiring Jackson as part of the Curtis Granderson trade.

It’s pretty amazing that in the span of eight starts (and one knee injury) Washburn went from his team wanting a prospect the caliber of Jackson in return for him to being out of baseball.

  1. Conor_ProBallNW - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    I think the stronger implication in what Sherman wrote is that Washburn doesn’t want to take a minor-league deal, much more so than “he’s not coming back.”

    Of course, if he won’t take a minor league deal, he probably WON’T come back, so I suppose it’s a moot point.

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