Late update: Greg Dobbs is designated for assignment (!) to make room for LHP Jake Woods, claimed off waivers from the Rangers.
“Mariners bust budget to sign lefty” reads the PI headline. Except there’s nothing in the article about them busting their budget. The article does offer this ray of hope:
…indications are the Mariners want Reed more than they want Clement or Arroyo.
And from the humor department:
Franklin could be retained as insurance and as someone who could push Meche for a spot in the rotation. Or he could be non-tendered, thereby becoming a free agent. Given that he’s averaged 200 innings the past three seasons, he would be a hot commodity as a free agent.
I guess though that might depend on what you think “hot” means.
Art Thiel blasts the team for not re-signing Freddy Garcia, which along with other decisions forced them to overpay for Washburn, who Thiel is not so big on.
However, o’er at the Seattle Times, Bob Finnigan says Reed’s on the market as the team continues to look for pitching:
Even with Jarrod Washburn in the rotation, the Mariners are still in the trade market for another starting pitcher.
And while outfielder Jeremy Reed may be the leading candidate to go in any deal, the Boston Red Sox aren’t the only possible destination.
An industry source maintains that the New York Yankees are another possible trading partner.
Um, technically, any team is a possible trading partner. I’m just saying that if you’re going to grant anonymity to a source, shouldn’t you at least get something interesting out of them?
Larry Stone writes up the team’s line (“M’s believe Washburn is good fit for Safeco“) and ends the article with:
The team is engaged in ongoing trade talks involving Jeremy Reed, who could yield another starting pitcher. Bavasi indicated that any other acquisitions are likely aimed at improving their depth Ã¢â‚¬â€ “players that can back up or threaten some of the guys we have Ã¢â‚¬â€ in a good way. There’s a lot of fine-tuning to go through.”
They want someone to come in and threaten Everett, and someone else to get Everett’s back, and so on down the roster? That seems needlessly wasteful.
Corey Brock gets in the best lines of the day though o’er at the NT:
Jarrod Washburn can certainly empathize with what Seattle Mariners fans went through in 2005.
The 31-year-old left-handed pitcher, who on Monday agreed to a four-year contract for $37.5 million, said he was continually puzzled as to why the Mariners did not fare better last season.
No no wait, it gets even better:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every time we played against the Mariners last season I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe they were not winning more games,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Washburn, who played the past eight seasons for the Angels.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The lineup they have Ã¢â‚¬â€œ starting with Ichiro at the top Ã¢â‚¬â€œ theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got some talented guys.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ahhhh, that’s quality humor in arrangement there.