From the Tigers’ perspective, it was a no-brainer—they get a quality starter to plug into their rotation as they make their playoff push.
The Mariners got promising starter Luke French, who will move into the Mariners’ increasingly young rotation, and minor-league prospect Mauricio Robles.
From my viewpoint, the deal was an excellent one by savvy GM Jack Zduriencik, who, under the radar, had a very successful month. You’ll hear a lot about the Red Sox and Phillies, but I like the deals the Mariners made given their tricky situation.
Sitting on the border of contender and pretender, Jackie Z couldn’t do anything blatant to weaken the team on the field, but couldn’t ignore some of the holes and financial ramifications the M’s faced.
And so, he turned Washburn, disappointing Ronny Cedeno, untested Jeff Clement and prospects into a starting shortstop (Jack Wilson) and two potential starters (French and Ian Snell.) Don’t forget also the Yuniesky Betancourt deal, which netted two decent prospects from the Royals.
I’m sure Zduriencik would have preferred to have traded Erik Bedard, but since Bedard is on the DL with sand in his vagina, that wasn’t an option. So, Washburn was the logical choice, and if everything works out, Seattle could get him back next year with a hometown discount.
Playing the trade deadline game can be something that can haunt you for years (just ask any Seattle fan about Heathcliff Slocumb), but I think the Mariners can be pleased with the way things turned out.