Jarrod Washburn Traded to Detroit in Three-Player Deal

Sam WoodsCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:   Pitcher Jarrod Washburn #56 of the Seattle Mariners looks on during the National Anthem before a Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Detroit gets: Jarrod Washburn

Seattle gets: Luke French, Mauricio Robles

Luke French is a 23-year-old version of Jarrod Washburn—an extreme flyball pitcher with a below average fastball and slider, a serviceable change, and a slow, sweeping curve.

He goes right after hitters, and could be the No. 3 starter, although he profiles as a No. 4 or 5.

Mauricio Robles is a short, 20-year-old who's still figuring things out. He sports a low 90s fastball that can get up to 95-96 a few times a game. His curve has a sharp break that could be a legit plus pitch sometime in the future. His change is bad, but improving.

Due to his size and delivery, he may end up in the bullpen. At 20, however, he will get his chance to start.

As is, I give this trade a B-/C+ for Seattle, who added another arm of Washburn's caliber to the 2010 rotation.

With this trade—and the Jack Wilson one—Jack is clearly trying to win next year, but without sacrificing much of the future. It's a beautiful thing to watch.

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