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Yankees would sign Washburn

Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 4:45 pm
WashburnThe Yankees sure are hoping the good old glory days come back to New York this season.

After importing such '90s and early '00 stars such as Andruw Jones, Mark Prior, Bartolo Colon and Eric Chavez comes word the Yankees spoke to Jarrod Washburn about coming in on a minor-league deal.

As the New York Post adds, talks did not bear fruit, as Washburn is likely looking for something a bit more guaranteed after taking 2010 off. Nothing's surfaced yet, but the Yankees would still be open to adding Washburn if the veteran lefty, who finished fourth in Cy Young Award balloting back in 2002, agrees to come in on a minor-league pact.

Washburn has previously been linked to the Yankees as early as the trade deadline of 2009, when the Mariners instead shipped the lefty to Detroit. The Yankees refused to give up Austin Jackson and another player for Washburn, and later dealt Jackson to Detroit in a package to get center fielder Curtis Granderson.

Kevin Millwood has also been connected to the Yankees, which would be yet another "good old days" star who has tailed off as of late. However, it appears the Indians are the furthest along in signing Millwood.

Maybe GM Brian Cashman can convince Andy Ashby to come to camp.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 1:18 pm

Yankees would sign Washburn

Pretty haughty talk from a fan of the team that has lost more games than any professional sports teams in history and has won exactly TWO championships in their "storied" past.

The season is 162 games long and championships are won on the field - after the front office positions them to do so.  Let's see where everything is come July/August/September.

Enjoy yourself while you can with the ill-advised "superiority complex".  Philadelphia lost in the same round as the Yanks did last year with Three ALLEGED "aces" (has Cole Hamels had two good seasons in a row yet?) - let's see what they do with an alleged Four aces - and THEIR OWN declining lineup.

I ain't saying the Yanks win it all - certainly not at this point; but again, let's see where both these teams are after the July 31 trading deadline and come September 1 - after the front offices have done their thing and rosters are set for post-season eligibility.

This Yankees fan is not "living in the past" - after all it's only a season since the last championship.  Things change too quickly, year-to-year, to trash talk when all it takes is one off-season to transform a team.  The recent examples are too numerous and obvious to have to be spelled out.

Free speech is your right - and your burden if used unwisely.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:56 pm
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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:24 am

Yankees would sign Washburn

I think these signings are just being blown out and making the Yankees look worse off then they actually are. These veteran pitchers will be competing for a 5th spot in the rotation. Nova is going to be the number 4. So as a number 5, the Yankees can roll the dice on these guys. It's not like they are signing them to long term contracts, they signed them to minor league deals. Its a low risk and I don't know what the fuss is about. There lineup is still one of the best in baseball and that alone will carry them through many games. Also, Cashman has said many times, they will look to get another pitcher around the all star break. If I was going to make a prediction, it would be White Sox will be out of it and we will get Peavy. I'm not worried about the season. It's the first time in a long time that the Yankees aren't going into the season as the best team on paper.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:44 am

Yankees would sign Washburn

2008 says hi....

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:35 am

Yankees would sign Washburn

time to give the kids a shot.. Ivan Nova, Hector Noesi, Adam Warren..  or Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos later in the season... watching the yankees realize this is like watching them trying to crawl into a freezing cold pool ..its pure comedy.  its not like they don't have the young arms,  just take the plunge already!

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:18 am

Yankees would sign Washburn

I guess if you keep rolling the dice eventually you will get a Yahtzee.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:05 am
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Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:13 am

Yankees would sign Washburn

Did the New York Yankees really lose out on Cliff Lee and watch Andy Pettite retire and only answer it with Mark Prior, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and Jarrod Washburn? The Rays have a more impressive set of prospects to use than the Yankees have been able to buy with all of their money for a 4 and 5 starter. Are any of these guys any better at this point in their career that Ivan Nova or Sergio Mitre who were already part of the organization?

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:46 pm

Would you draft Washburn for your Fantasy Team?

I don' think so.  There are at least 100 more credible pitichers available on the fantasy baseball draft list; all of whom are better risks than Washburn.  He is  guaranteed to be left on the FA list after every draft in CBS Fantasy Baseball.  So why are the Yankees seeking out the bum of the month club in pitchers?  They should be securing a solid fourth and fifth starter.  SPEND SOME MONEY!

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:03 pm

Yankees would sign Washburn

so when the hell did the yankees become antique collectors??  lol

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