Another Jarrod Washburn Post

As a blogger, I really, really want someone to sign Jarrod Washburn. I’m tired of hearing about him, and I’m even more tired of writing about him. It’s now mid-March, and he’s still a free agent, so naturally, he remains a hot topic with fans. We all know the first part of this story. Jarrod Washburn was a Mariner. He was mediocre. Jarrod Washburn got traded to the Tigers. He was awful. The Twins wanted Jarrod Washburn. The Twins made Jarrod Washburn the best offer he was going to get. Jarrod Washburn turned down this offer. Now no one wants Jarrod Washburn, and we’re less than a month away from opening day.

It’s no secret that he would love to come back to Seattle – he’s stated that on numerous occasions, and at this point in the off season, he’s probably going to come at such a low price that there’s almost no reason not to bring him back. If you sign him at this point, he’s likely replacing a couple months of Jason Vargas, and a few months of Ian Snell (assuming Erik Bedard returns at some point). That means that he’d be coming in to replace roughly 1 WAR. So, the big question is, is Jarrod Washburn still better than a 1 win pitcher? If he remains healthy, I’m inclined to think that yes, he is – after all, he was a 2.7 win pitcher in half a season with the M’s just last year. When you factor in regression, that number probably drops down to around 2, but when you’re in the situation that the Mariners are now in, if you have the opportunity to make your team a win better for a low price, you’d be well advised to take it.

I really don’t buy into much of this veteran leadership stuff, but the fact is, Jarrod Washburn is still better than Jason Vargas or Doug Fister, and he’s almost certainly better than Ian Snell. Do we want him starting in the playoffs? God no, but he could make this team a little bit better as a starter during the regular season, and if the situation should arise, he could relieve in the playoffs. Now, if by some miracle Ian Snell achieves a miraculous turn around, you’re in a little bit of a predicament, but you can always stick Washburn in the bullpen without much regret, as long as you don’t overpay for him.

I certainly haven’t been a big advocate for bringing Wash back over the course of this off season, but at this point, the Mariners might as well just pull the trigger.

Tags: Erik Bedard Ian Snell Jarrod Washburn Jason Vargas Mariners

  • Mike

    I never thought I’d say it either but it does make all the sense in the world for the Mariners to bring back Washburn to replace Fister/Vargas. I dont think it’s a move that will make or break the team either way but an added win is very valuable to a contending playoff team as you mentioned

  • jon

    you guys don’t get it. Jarrod Washburn plays baseball for one reason and one reason only: THE MONEY. He didn’t take the Twins offers because he didn’t feel they offered enough MONEY and that was for $5 million.

    Remember his comments last June — when he said he thought that he was probably going to retire (coming into the year) but now was reconsidering. That was because he knew he wasn’t getting a big payday coming off three miserable seasons in Seattle. Then when he had a decent half-season, surely Scott Boras told him he could get him another $30 mil deal from someone (so out with the retirement plans).

    I’m sure Boras and Washburn have a current plan that calls for him to sign with a team at the trade deadline, hoping to get $4-5 mil from a team anxious to add a veteran starter w/o giving up prospects…

  • Griffin Cooper

    Oh, no, I get it. Everyone knows the reason he turned down that offer from the Twins was money. That’s no secret. However, that was a really stupid decision, because now it’s March, and no team appears to have all that much interest in him. He should know by now that he’s not going to get very much money. He’s waited too long. Meaning that if he wasn’t wiling to sign for cheaper, he probably would have retired already.

    You could, though, be right about his plan. If that is really what he’s trying to do, it could work, or it could completely backfire and he might end up having no choice but retirement. Only time will tell.