Back in November there were some reports of Jarrod Washburn considering a comeback after sitting out all of last season following knee surgery, but Joel Sherman has a note about Washburn in the New York Post that suggests the veteran left-hander won’t be pitching again.
According to Sherman the Yankees “did check into Washburn earlier in the offseason” but “matters did not go far.” Sherman writes that the Yankees would likely consider signing Washburn if he’d accept a minor-league deal and presumably if he was interesting in making a comeback he’d be fine with having to win a job during spring training.
Also interesting: Sherman notes that the Yankees tried to acquire Washburn at the 2009 trading deadline, but rightfully balked at the Mariners’ asking price of Austin Jackson and another prospect. Washburn ended up going to the Tigers for a considerably lesser package and pitched horribly before being shut down, and then in an odd twist of fate Detroit wound up acquiring Jackson as part of the Curtis Granderson trade.
It’s pretty amazing that in the span of eight starts (and one knee injury) Washburn went from his team wanting a prospect the caliber of Jackson in return for him to being out of baseball.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.