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Jarrod Washburn | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 8/13/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 2 (0) / LAA

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The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that Jarrod Washburn is inclined to stay away from the game if he doesn't get a sizable major league contract.
He's not going to get one. Not only does it sound like Washburn isn't in a hurry to return to the big leagues, but he would much prefer to stay in the Midwest with a team like the Brewers or the Twins, so his options could be limited. It's not clear if either of those teams have expressed any interest. Now 36, Washburn sat out last season after failing to find a situation to his liking. Sun, Feb 13, 2011 08:47:00 AM

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are open to giving Jarrod Washburn a try if he will agree to a minor league contract.

The Yanks are taking a shot on a few different aging pitchers this spring, including Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. Washburn hasn't thrown a ball in the major leagues since 2009 and posted an ugly 5.23 ERA after the All-Star break that year. He should be open to accepting a minor league deal if the Yankees are truly offering. Interest in the 36-year-old lefty has not been high.
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 03:15:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Brewers are one of three teams interested in free agent LHP Jarrod Washburn.

It was reported earlier this month by's Adam McCalvy that the Brewers would take a look at Washburn, so the news here is that two other teams are interested. Don't expect a bidding war to erupt, as Washburn hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2009. That being said, he makes sense as a cheap option that could always be moved into long relief if starting doesn't work out. We could see the Marlins giving the southpaw a look as a cheap fill-in for a rebuilding year, but the Brewers continue to look like the frontrunner.
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 04:34:00 PM

Adam McCalvy of suspects that the Brewers might take a chance on free agent lefty Jarrod Washburn.

Washburn hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2009, when he posted an ugly 5.23 ERA over 11 starts after the All-Star break. But the Brewers are desperate for starting pitching and Washburn happens to be a native of Wisconsin. The southpaw also has ties to new Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. Washburn would be an inexpensive option for the Brew Crew and they could always stick him in long relief if he proves unfit for a starting job.
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 09:36:00 AM

Jarrod Washburn might return to the majors next season.

Washburn sat out all of this past season, partly due to knee surgery and partly due to a lack of interest from MLB teams. "I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play (in 2010) and hadn’t thought of playing again until recently," he told "This past week I have already been contacted by a couple teams, just to gauge my interest in coming back." The 36-year-old lefty was 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA over 28 starts in 2009.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 12:37:00 PM

According to, Jarrod Washburn isn't ready to announce a decision on whether he will continue his playing career.

"He has not made any decisions — yet," Washburn's agent Scott Boras told Thursday. Washburn underwent knee surgery over the winter and failed to find a team by Opening Day. He's an interesting name in that a number of teams could use a starting pitcher right now, but it's not known how quickly the soon-to-be 36-year-old would be ready to pitch on the big league level. If he decides to play again, he'll likely have to wait until next season.
Thu, Jul 22, 2010 03:56:00 PM

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn indicated that he may not pitch in the majors this season.

"Never say never, but I am very happy at home with my family," Washburn wrote in an email to Morosi. The 35-year-old left-hander showed an interest in pitching for the Mariners, Twins or Brewers this winter, but never managed to find an acceptable deal. He was 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA in 28 starts between the Mariners and Tigers last season.
Thu, May 13, 2010 03:10:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Indians and Diamondbacks are possibilities for free-agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

According to Brown, the Mariners are now considered "a long shot." There's several rotations around baseball that could use a good arm right now, but Washburn will ultimately have to settle for a pittance of what he could have had just a few months ago.
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 10:59:00 PM

Agent Scott Boras says "as many of five clubs are interested" in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn, reports Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse.

"A lot of teams are interested," said Boras. "The reality has struck." This may sound like blatant exaggeration, and Boras declined to name any specific teams, but it's no stretch to say that a few major league staffs could use Washburn, provided that his demands stay pretty low. Boras said the 35-year-old left-hander would need three weeks in order to be ready for major league action.
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 06:17:00 PM

A Rockies' official downplayed the possibility of signing free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

They could think twice if Greg Smith and Jeff Francis can't get it done in the back of the rotation, but they'll continue to look in-house for now. The 35-year-old Washburn could see interest from several teams as rotations shake out around major league baseball over the next month or two.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 01:15:00 PM

Jon Heyman of reports that free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn is still interested in a return to the Mariners, even as the Royals are believed to be offering "significantly more money."

Hard to blame him, considering the success he had in Seattle last season. Both clubs are currently in the market for starting pitching, though according to Heyman, the Mariners would prefer to give Washburn a lower base salary than the $1.75 million deal they handed Erik Bedard.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 01:43:00 PM

John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Mariners have made a "small offer" to free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

It's said to be less than the $1.5 million the Mariners gave Erik Bedard. The offer was not accepted, according to Hickey. The team is currently considering alternatives with Cliff Lee on the shelf and Doug Fister and Jason Vargas likely to begin the season in the back of the rotation. The 35-year-old Washburn was 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 20 starts with the Mariners last season before being swapped to the Tigers at the trade deadline.
Wed, Mar 31, 2010 05:57:00 PM's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals have joined the bidding for free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

Heyman reported last week that the Mariners are "seriously considering" Washburn, and confirmed Tuesday that talks remain open between the sides. In other words, it's now a two-horse race for the left-hander, who went 9-9 last season with a 3.78 ERA but had a 7.33 ERA over his last eight starts.
Tue, Mar 30, 2010 11:19:00 AM's Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners are "seriously considering" bringing back free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

With Cliff Lee (abdominal strain) and Doug Fister (forearm) sidelined, the M's are hurting for rotation help. Washburn was excellent in Seattle last season, posting a 8-6 record with a 2.64 ERA, and a deal would make sense if he can recapture that magic. Of course, chances are he won't.
Thu, Mar 25, 2010 08:44:00 AM

According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the Mariners are still interested in free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

He thrived within the spacious confines of Safeco last season and it isn't difficult to envision him being a solid late-rotation starter again. He was 9-9 overall last season with a 3.78 ERA in 28 starts. Of course, those numbers were stained by his horrific end to the season, tallying an ugly 7.33 ERA in eight starts after being traded to the Tigers.
Mon, Mar 15, 2010 03:42:00 PM

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