Twins reportedly make offer to Washburn, and a radio plug

Scott Miller of CBSsports.com is reporting that the Minnesota Twins have made a contract offer to free-agent pitcher Jarrod Washburn.

Terms of the deal offered are not known, though considering the market it’s hard to imagine him turning much down. He’s a Wisconsin native who wants to play closer to home.

The offer is believed to be a one-year deal for probably around $6-7 million.

In my opinion, a signing like this would represent just the latest failed attempt to add free-agent pitching. The Twins have been down this road before with Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson and Livan Hernandez. The difference between signing Ortiz or Hernandez in previous years and signing Washburn this year would be that there were actually better, reasonably priced options available. It’s a buyer’s market.

Washburn had a solid year last season, posting a 3.78 ERA while going 9-9 in 28 starts. He was outstanding for four months in Seattle, but collapsed down the stretch after a trade to Detroit.

It was a nice year last season, and a knee injury for which he had surgery for in October can be blamed for his struggles in the final two months. But outside of his four months with Seattle – in a great pitcher’s ballpark – he’s been mediocre for the last five years or so.

With holes at third base and the need for an ace, this solves neither of those needs. The Twins would have been much better off taking the plunge and signing Rich Harden, who signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Texas. Harden may get hurt a lot, but when he’s on the mound, he’s as tough as anyone. And the Twins have the pitching depth with Brian Duensing, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins to absorb an injury to the rotation anyway.

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6 thoughts on “Twins reportedly make offer to Washburn, and a radio plug

  1. Twins were dumb to offer. The only hope is that Washburn is dumber and turns it down.

    He was propped up by a pitcher friendly park and exceptional outfield defense in Seattle fell on his face in Detroit without them. It’ll only get worse in Minnesota.

    automatic kruter

  2. Great point on the outfield defense in Seattle. Yeah, having Gutierrez and Ichiro was HUGE for him.

    The Twins outfield defense – particularly in the corners – next year is not expected to be very good. Span grades out as average or slightly above it. Young and Cuddyer rank below average.

  3. Goethe HUH!!!! What team were you watching last year? the Twins outfield defense BELOW average ! Are you kidding ? Span is far more than ‘slightly above average’ . And you must have been playing with your texting when Young and Cuddyer were diving for balls and throwing out runners. Sorry bud , but you are way off base there!

  4. Span’s a good option in center field. In left or right, he’s a premier defensive outfielder, but center field is a different animal. He’s not Carlos Gomez or Franklin Gutierrez, but still good.

    Young and Cuddyer are below average. I’m sorry, they just are. I think most experts around baseball would agree. Cuddyer is a veteran with a good arm whose bat makes him a valuable asset for any team. Young, well, I’m sure the Twins would like to see him continue to make strides the way he did last September.

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