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Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

Posted on: January 4, 2010 9:35 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2010 9:36 pm

Looking to add a veteran starting pitcher to their youthful rotation, the Twins have made an offer to left-hander Jarrod Washburn and are awaiting a response this week, according to sources.

The size of the Twins' offer is not clear, though Minnesota's intent is. The Twins, in need of both pitching and a third baseman, are hopeful of adding a pitcher first. They were in touch on another Scott Boras client, third baseman Adrian Beltre, but deemed him too expensive and shifted their sights away from him earlier this winter.

As for Washburn, 35, the Twins view him as a perfect fit in that he is left-handed, he's got a reputation as being a good guy in the clubhouse, he's pitched enough that he can help anchor a young staff and he's an Upper Midwest native (he was born in Wisconsin and still lives in there in the off-season, in Webster).

Given all that, the Twins view Washburn as an ideal arm to help them open their long-awaited outdoor ballpark, Target Field, in 2010. Aiming for a big splash there, the Twins are projecting a payroll close to $90 million this season, which easily would be a club record.

Washburn was in the midst of a renaissance season in Seattle in 2009 when he was traded to Detroit for the stretch run. But a knee injury sabotaged him and cut his season short. After going 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA over 20 starts in Seattle, Washburn was only 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers before being shut down.

The Twins earlier this winter re-signed right-hander Carl Pavano, and they also return youngsters Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey (returning from a wrist injury), Nick Blackburn, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins from a team that overtook Detroit for the AL Central title in '09.

Signing Washburn also would give the Twins the ability to trade an arm such as Perkins in their quest for a third baseman. Among others, they have discussed Kevin Kouzmanoff with San Diego.


Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 1:07 am

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

Kouz would not bat 2nd.  Minnesota loves his defense most, since he only had three errors and none of them were throwing errors.  He is more of a power bat then contact hitter.  I'd think Hardy and Kouz would swap.  Also I'd think Pavano would be higher in the rotation.
I'm hoping the Twins get a solid two hitter.  Cabrera did a nice job their last season.  Of all the names I've heard I don't see any of them as a good fit in the two hole.  Granted with Mauer and Morneau batting behind him, they don't need a superstar, just someone good at getting on base.
2B I'd love to see either Uggla or Lopez but they aren't guys that you'd pencil in the two either.  Probably going to end up with Punto playing 2B.
3B I really think Minnesota signs someone here unless they trade for a 2nd baseman.  I'd like to see Tejeda just because of his consistency as a hitter.  Kouz brings a great glove, good range, but does bring questions as a hitter.  Probably going to end up with Mora or Crede here.
It seems that of all the names mentioned.  Hardy fits best in at two.  Something tells me Punto plays.
I see something like:
1. Span - CF2. Hardy - SS3. Mauer - C4. Morneau - 1B5. Cuddyer - RF6. Kubel - DH7. Young - LF8. Kouz/Mora/Crede - 3B9. Punto - 2B
1. Span - CF2. Hardy - SS3. Mauer - C4. Morneau - 1B5. Cuddyer - RF6. Kubel - DH7. Lopez / Uggla -2B8. Young - LF9. Punto - 3B
Bench - Harris, Morales, Casilla, Pridie  (Don't see Twins signing a OF FA, maybe acquire a glove via trade)
Rotation:1. Baker2. Washburn / Pavano3. Pavano / Washburn4. Slowey5. Blackburn
Bullpen - Liriano/Swarzak, Rauch, Mijares, Guerrier, Crain, Neshek, Nathan
I expect Perkins to be traded for 3b or 2b.  I wouldn't be suprised if Crain or Guerrier goes also.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 7:06 pm

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

not a Washburn fan, and I agree that it is too soon to drop Liriano.  I don't think the Twins will trade Liriano either.  I do, however, see them trading Perk and possibly Jeff Manship for Kouzmanoff.  Would like to unload a Jessie Crain to give a young guy a shot, but I can understand the hessitation with Neshek, Liriano and Slowey's injury hx.  
I would be OK with this if we signed Kouz to a 2-yr deal, enabling Danny Valencia to stay in AAA and develop his power.  Bring him up when we can see .275-.285 and 20-25HR.  If we get Kouz, I like our chances:

  1. Span
  2. Kouzmanoff
  3. Mauer
  4. Morneau
  5. Cuddyer
  6. Kubel
  7. Hardy
  8. Young
  9. Punto/Tolbert/Harris
Bench:Harris, Morales, Tolbert/Punto/Harris, Pridie/cheap FA OF
  1. Baker 
  2. Washburn 
  3. Slowey
  4. Blackburn
  5. Pavano
Bullpen:Liriano/Swarzak/Duensing, Rauch, Mijares, Guerrier, Crain, Neshek, Nathan

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 5:57 pm

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

Jarrod Washburn is OLD.
Carl Pavano stinks.
WAY too early to be giving up on Liriano, he HAS pitched will since his surgery in case you forgot 2008.  Only 26 years old and great potential.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 1:53 pm

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn


Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 1:39 pm

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

This would be a great move. Washburn is an effective pitcher and an inning eater. He was doing great until the injury. Certainly worth the risks involved.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:14 am

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

They gotta sign someone and this would be my choice.  Can't depend on the youth again this year, and if he fails, then we have some young arms ready to step up

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:51 am

Jarrod Washburn would be a good signing

Jarrod Washburn would be a good signing for the Twins. He was pitching very well for the Seattle Mariners last year. His struggles with the Detroit Tigers was due to injury. I don't think he can repeat the ERA he had at Safeco, a pitcher friendly park. However, he will add depth to the rotation and help the young pitchers further develop. This is a good young staff. I would like to see Francisco Liriano used as a middle reliever, much like when the Yankees were using Joba Chamberlain more effectively or when the Detroit Tigers were using Zumaya in that role before his injury.

It is also nice to see the Twins ramping up spending to take advantage of the revenue boost their new ballpark, Target Field, will bring.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:49 am

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

Perkins is a goner!!!!!!!!  He is an a**.  If we get Washburn, then we can deal Perkins/Liriano for a 3b.  I would love to hold onto Liriano for the BP, but he maybe of greater value on the trade market.   As a White Sox fan get use to looking up in the standings.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2010 1:20 am

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

The guy was hurt! Read the article. He had arthroscopic surgery in the off season. Washburn had the 2nd best ERA in the league at Seatlle last year and will fit in well with the Twins

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2010 12:09 am

Twins wooing Jarrod Washburn

maybe they're rewarding him for sucking so bad for detroit last year and helping us win the division. seriously, i would not be in favor of this as a twins fan at all

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