As the season goes on and teams get more desperate, the prospect of signing Jarrod Washburn to shore up the shaky rotation becomes less and less laughable. But according to Jon Paul Morosi, don’t count on J-Wash (like that? I just came up with it!) coming to your hometown nine in 2010:
When asked by FOXSports.com if he still plans to pitch this year, he
said via e-mail Thursday: “Never say never, but I am very happy at home
with my family.”
Washburn was 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA last
season, but he posted a 7.33 ERA after being traded to Detroit. Between the second-half swoon, the apparent domestic bliss, and the almost complete lack of interest in him on the part of any team, he’s kind of like the pitching version of Jermaine Dye.
The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.