December 19, 2014

Jarrod Washburn to Dodgers? But for Who?

Jarrod Washburn

Jarrod Washburn

So the hot trade rumor right now involving the Dodgers involves Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bloch:

The Dodgers are interested in the Seattle Mariners starter, a durable left-hander who could bolster an injury-plagued rotation. Washburn has pitched at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts this season. He also likes Dodger Stadium.
“It’s a great park and there’s always a big crowd and the team’s winning, so that would be good,” Washburn said Friday before the Mariners played the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Interestingly, according to the Bleacher Report, Washburn has the second lowest run support out of all AL pitchers in his tenure with the Mariners.  In addition, left-handers are hitting .147 against him and he’s one of the hardest pitchers in the majors to steal against.
I’m definitely of the opinion that the Mariners need a quality arm to make their way through the post-season.  First, they need an innings eater.  The bullpen has been fantastic this year, but Torre can’t continue to go to them in the middle of games.  Let’s ride the confidence of these young guys, but not wear them out. 
Teams that have the most success in the post-season often have two #1 quality starters.  While the Dodgers have a great young pitching staff, they need another veteran arm that’s used to pitching under pressure and can go deep into games.  Is a nearly 35 year-old Washburn the answer?  He’s not the sexy choice, but the price may be right (rumor has it that the cost would be Juan Pierre).  I love having Juan as the speedy fourth outfielder, especially while Furcal’s base running slump continues (just four stolen bases this year to go along with a .238 AVG), but I’m fine moving him if it helps us win the ultimate prize.  There’s something to be said for moving guys with impossible contracts when their value is at an all-time high.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson


  1. Rodrigo says:

    Not sure Washburn would want to go to a team the Mariners just beat 2 out of 3. A smack down so satisfying, it reminds me of a game of rockets on Ascention.

  2. “Rodrigo” – I think Washburn would want to go to a team that has a chance of actually advancing in the playoffs. BTW, your Halo reference is an unusual one. Perhaps you know my friend, the Bloody Lemur?