Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yankees after Washburn

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are taking a look at Jarrod Washburn. This is from MLBTR:

Washburn, 34 in August, has a 4.75 ERA in 110 innings this year.  For what it's worth, he has a 3.03 ERA in 62.3 innings since May 25th. That's cherry-picking, though - 4.50-4.75 is Washburn's level.  He can chew up 190 innings at the back end of a rotation.

Washburn is owed $10.35MM in '09, and has limited no-trade protection.  Olney believes it would mainly be a salary dump, and the Mariners might consider something like Kei Igawaand a secondary prospect. Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn't struck a deal with the Ms since '03, when he worked with Pat Gillick on an Armando Benitez for Jeff Nelson swap.