|Tigers land Washburn
Tigers acquire RHP Jarrod Washburn from the Mariners in exchange for LHP Luke French and LHP Mauricio Robles.
Can't blame the Mariners for this one. Realize that they gave up a 35-year-old southpaw with a 4.02 career ERA and 43.6% career flyball rate. He benefited greatly with the best outfield defense in the sport this season (+14.1 UZR/150), putting up a 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 79/33 K/BB ratio in 133 innings. A quick look at his FIP (3.75) and BABIP (.249 as opposed to a .280 career average) tell you that he was getting more than a bit lucky this season.
Still, he's a solid veteran who throws strikes and he should hold down the back of the Tigers rotation. While I expect him to fall off a bit, Comerica Park is pretty spacious too, and their outfield defense isn't that bad either.
This isn't a great return for the Mariners, but the move made sense considering Washburn was going to leave as a free agent, anyway. Interestingly, French, who had a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in seven games (five starts) with the Tigers this season, has a 50% flyball rate in the majors thus far, and a 39.7% flyball rate in parts of four seasons in the minors. While he may have some trouble sticking as a starter in the majors, he could have landed in a far worse situation. As for Robles, he is just 20 years old, but boasts a 111/41 K/BB ratio in 91 1/3 innings pitched between Single-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland this season.