Yankees' talks about Washburn stalled

July, 27, 2008
07/27/08
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The Jarrod Washburn talks between the Mariners and Yankees hit a standstill late Sunday afternoon. The Mariners want a solid prospect in return from the Yankees, in addition to having the Yankees assume the bulk of the $14 million owed to Washburn for the rest of this season and next. On the other hand, the Yankees are willing to take on the bulk of the money still owed to Washburn for the rest of this year and next year, but they have no intention of including anything more than a marginal prospect in the deal. Washburn's overall numbers are not good: 5-9 with a 4.50 ERA. But he has thrown better the past two months, compiling a 2.93 ERA in June and 2.67 in July; one advance scout said that Washburn has been using his splitter more in the past two months.

The Yankees did not have a scout in Toronto Sunday to watch Washburn, who had a strong eight-inning outing against the Jays, because they have seen him enough to make an evaluation and maintain their current stance in negotiations. Some executives with other teams are surprised the Mariners, whose roster is loaded with high-priced veterans at a time when the team is apparently in the opening stages of a rebuilding period, are not jumping on the Yankees' offer to assume the contract of Washburn, who is 23-38 in his three seasons with Seattle and had an ERA of 6.99 through May 21 of this season.

Buster Olney | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine

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