Looks like pitcher Jarrod Washburn is going to sign with the Seattle Mariners.

UPDATE: The guys at USS Mariner are taking a look at Washburn’s numbers — specifically his 3.20 ERA last year. Based on his peripheral numbers, they’ve decided that Washburn was very, very lucky, and isn’t likely to repeat that feat.

The guys over there are not happy with the Washburn signing, and I’m even more glad that the Reds didn’t ink him to a deal. Check this out, from a couple of days ago:

Tis a dark night, indeed. At some point in the next 48 hours, the M’s will announce the signing of Jarrod Washburn to the Eric Milton Disaster Contract. This award was previously known as the Greg Hibbard Memorial Contract, but Milton was awful enough to own the title outright going forward.

Ouch. Did they have to throw the Reds under the bus gratuitously?

Anyway, they are having some fun with the signing, at least. Look at the list below.

Going shopping for Kevin Millwood and coming home with Jarrod Washburn is like:

Ordering a pupu platter, yet being served a poo-poo platter.

Attempting to buy tickets to a DePaul basketball game, but accidentally ending up with tickets to a RuPaul show.

Drafting Baby Jordan, and then realizing that you came away with Harold Miner.

Going to see Cirque de Soleil in Vegas, but accidentally wandering into the Celine Dion concert.

Hearing Sean Connery is starring in a new film, and then seeing the League of Extraordinary Gentleman.

Being setup on a blind date by a friend with a model, and then finding out she was the before picture for a laser hair removal ad.

Funny stuff.

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8 Responses

  1. Chris

    Fine with me. I’m not high on him, or on Matt Morris, for that matter. All this speculation sounds Pittsburgh-y, in my opinion. For years, the Pirates would pay just-above-market price for a past-his-prime free agent, then justify it by saying, “we had payroll room, and Pat Mears was the best second baseman available.” Frankly, it’s how they ended up with Milton last year.

    Free advice: If you can’t get good value, just don’t spend the money. You don’t HAVE to blow $8M on a starting pitcher this off-season.

    (As I’ve said before, I’d have much preferred that instead of $24M on three years of Milton, they’d have paid Pedro Martinez $18M for a single season.)

  2. Brian B.

    Nah, what I hate is the trade you make to save the $8 million, and then do nothing with it. Which, by the way, is what’s going on right now.

  3. Chris

    In my mind, that trade was almost worthwhile without the payroll savings. Pena is likely to outproduce Casey, and Williams could be a nifty addition. (I would’ve killed for a league average pitcher the past few years).

    And WITH the savings, there are a lot of things you can do with it, short of throwing it at the first pitcher who’ll take it. Overpay someone who IS likely to help; sign a few foreign free agents; upgrade scouting/development for a decade; or just put it in the bank until next year. The problem with all those, is they don’t let Dan O’Brien look like he’s doing something…and get a contract extension.

  4. LVW

    Speaking of Pena, I read he’s hitting .388 with 7 HR and 11 walks in 67 AB in winterball.

  5. Chris

    For what it’s worth, O’Brien appears to share my thoughts:

  6. LVW

    Talking about pitchers with bad GB/FB ratios having success; Cordero is a bad example pitching in Grand Canyon D.C.

  7. Tom

    UPDATE: The guys at USS Mariner are taking a look at Washburn’s numbers — specifically his 3.20 ERA last year. Based on his peripheral numbers, they’ve decided that Washburn was very, very lucky, and isn’t likely to repeat that feat.

    Washburn’s 4.18 XERA tells the same story. Ranked by ERA he’s a solid #1 starter, but ranked by XERA he barely hangs onto a #2 starter ranking.

    The Reds already have a similar situation with Brandon Claussen, and somewhat Dave Williams. Claussen’s 4.21 ERA ranks him a solid #3, but his 4.77 XERA ranks him a solid #4. Williams 4.41 ERA ranks a low #3, and his 4.56 XERA ranks him at the top of #4 starters.

    Later,
    Tom