Quite possibly beating the New York Yankees to the punch today, the Detroit Tigers made a bold move in acquiring LHP Jarrod Wahburn for the Seattle Mariners for LHP’s Luke French and Mauricio Robles.
Although French has bounced back and forth between AAA and the majors this season, neither of those two pitchers have been particularly impressive in their pro careers. But I guess the Mariners had to fill their coffers a bit after making the Erik Bedard trade a season ago.
Washburn is a free agent after this season, and he could be only a two-month rental for the Tigers.
That shows they are going for it this season. Washburn is a good complementary pitcher to the hard throwers the Tigers have in Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Armando Galarraga. Rick Porcello will likely be given a breather, by allowing him to only now start (maybe) once a week.
That is a pretty good rotation now to compete with the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. I am record saying the Twins, with a combined 24 games still left with Kansas City and Cleveland, will win the AL Central division.
This deal might have tipped the balance.
Amazing how if the Yankees were involved (and reports are that Washburn WANTED to be a Yankee), it would have taken more than two simpleton LHP’s to get Washburn.
It would of had to include either AAA OF Austin Jackson or High A catcher Austin Romine and probably a top young pitcher.
The Yankees coveted Washburn over the last few weeks, and despite their starting rotation being very good since the All-Star break, the wanted Washburn for the last two months–possibly to ease the innings on Joba or a backup for Andy Pettitte.
They can always sign the free agent Washburn during the winter, but might have to face him in the playoffs this year.
Just proves that the Yankees need to continue to produce their own talent through the system and then buy a pitcher the following off-season if they really have to have a guy.