According to FoxSports.com's Senior Writer Ken Rosenthal, the Seattle Mariners are trying to rid themselves of up to $31.35 million in expiring contracts.
It appears that Adrian Beltre, Miguel Batista, and left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn are at the forefront of what could be the beginning of a youth and/or payroll shedding movement for an under-achieving Mariners' squad that lost 101 games while posting a nine-figure payroll.
Among the interested for Washburn, 34 and set to make $10.35 million next year, are the Minnesota Twins. It is also believed that they are trying to part with outfielder Delmon Young.
Rosenthal believes that Young, 23 and relatively inexpensive, along with Washburn could be the 'foundation of a larger deal.'
Washburn's best year came in 2002, with the then Anaheim Angels, where he posted a 3.15 ERA while winning 18 games. Young, an AL Rookie of the Year candidate from a year ago with the Rays, was the first pick in the 2003 draft and has posted a career .292 average.
Salaries would be an issue, however, as Washburn's paycheck will eclipse Young's several times over. The Twins would have to package a larger salary along with Young to make ends meet, and by then the value the Mariners get in the trade could be lop-sided.