Jarrod Washburn apparently isn’t making a comeback

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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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.