Most of you are probably eager for some Jarrod Washburn news, and so, the latest update comes to us via SI’s Jon Heyman, who says on his Twitter that Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes are off the table. So are a bunch of high-level prospects, but “otherwise take your pick.”
This story here out of Minneapolis talks about the Twins being “one of many teams” interested in Washburn, but expresses doubt they will get a deal done.
And the beat goes on.
Our very own Larry Stone opines on his Hot Stone League blog today that he feels the Mariners will wind up dealing Washburn and discusses the how “The Fallback Frenzy” could play into that.
This update says the Tigers looked at landing Roy Halladay, but were rebuffed and now may not find a match with anyone. So, they may have to come off the Washburn list. Their tradeable young guys were questionable in any event.
This story here could explain why the Brewers balked at pursuing Jarrod Washburn. That’s what happens, though, when your playoff hopes go from reasonable to fading fast.
By the way David Ortiz admitted tonight that he’s been told the New York Times story about his positive drug test is true. Some of you asked me earlier tonight whether I still believe in Raul Ibanez being clean. What I believe and don’t believe is not the issue. The issue is, there are right and wrong ways to report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball. The NYT did it the right way, getting information through old-fashioned legwork. Yeah, they used anonymous sources, but they proved accurate. That’s the kind of stuff I believe in. My guesswork on Ibanez, or anyone else does not matter.
That about does it for tonight. By the way, Garrett Olson is back to the bullpen for now. I asked Don Wakamatsu about it after the game and he told me the team will explore alternative options for that spot in the rotation moving forward.
You know, baseball fans do take their teams very seriously this time of year, but we do have to remember it’s only a game. Meant to be fun. So, as the trade deadline edges nervously near, let’s end tonight on a fun note.
Take a look at this video which a reader sent in to me today. It made me laugh. It shows a chicken kicking the snot out of a dinosaur. Made me smile.
Have a good one.