Jarrod Washburn took a year off from pitching because he didn't care much for the offers on the table, plus he was considering retirement.
A year later, he may be looking to get back in the game as Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that three teams are bidding on Washburn. One is the Milwaukee Brewers, who were thought to be the favorite for Washburn's services last offseason thanks to the lefty's Midwest roots.
Washburn had an unsightly 7.33 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers after being dealt from the Mariners, where he posted a 2.64 ERA in 20 starts, which was way over his head. Even with the Detroit numbers, he finished 2009 with a 3.78 ERA, under his 4.10 career ERA.
Washburn can help a team -- a National League team especially, as he is one of the traditional crafty left-handers that is able to hang on for years thanks to being left-handed.
While the other two teams aren't known, the Brewers make the most sense because of their budget, proximity to Washburn's home, and clear need.
-- Evan Brunell
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