Why The Mariners Should Still Sign Jarrod Washburn

Kyle McAreavyContributor IMarch 11, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 01:  Jarrod Washburn #56 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees on July 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Recently the Mariners have made many transactions, weather it is making trades for people such as Cliff Lee (traded prospects) or Milton Bradley (traded Carlos Silva) or signing free agents such as Erik Bedard and most of them have been good. But for me the real story is the one person they didn't sign, Jarrod Washburn. Last year Jarrod played with Seattle for the first half of the season up until they traded him to Detroit for a couple of players. While he was here Jarrod pitched very well but when he got to Detroit he did not.

Many people do not want the Mariners to sign Jarrod Washburn because of how he pitched in Detroit. WHAT DOES IT MATTER HOW HE PITCHED IN DETROIT? He wont be pitching in Detroit every time, he will be pitching in Seattle most times. He did great while he was here. Detroit has a much worse defense than Seattle and much more of a hitter's ballpark.

He has turned down a big deal from Minnesota this off-season. Which may mean he's waiting for Seattle to offer him a deal. If Seattle signed Jarrod the rotation would be set. They would have Felix Hernandez as the ace, Cliff Lee as the 2 pitcher, Erik Bedard as the 3, Jarrod Washburn as the 4 and Ryan Roland-Smith at 5. Yes that is 4 left handed pitchers out of 5 but all but Erik Bedard can be very good pitchers (Bedard can also be good I just don't personally like him because he is to injury prone). By signing Jarrod it would let them put Ian Snell in the bullpen just in case Bedard gets hurt (which he will sooner or later). Its because of these reasons that I believe that the Mariners signing Jarrod Washburn would still be a good idea for the team.