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Seattle deals Washburn to Detroit for two young lefties.

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I’ve been waiting for a trade deadline like this for a while.

It seems like every year there’s a ton of rumors, but nary a trade.

Not this go ’round.

Washburn's on the move again.This afternoon, the Seattle Mariners dealt Jarrod Washburn to the Detroit Tigers for lefties Lucas French and Mauricio Robles. And at first inspection, it looks like this should be a pretty good trade for both teams.

Washburn is simply a rent-an-arm for the rest of the 2009 season. Still, the resurgent lefty has looked absolutely filthy this year and he does a lot to bolster a playoff bound team in Detroit. He provides a lefty arm in a right-hand heavy rotation of Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, Rick Porcello, and Armando Galarraga.

Washburn will also provide invaluable playoff experience in that young rotation, having pitched for the Anaheim Angels in the 2002 World Series and the 2004 and 2005 American League Division Series. He’s had mixed results but was lights-out early in his post-season career. That’s probably more representative of how he’ll toss now.

In return, Seattle gets Lucas French, an eighth rounder in the 2004 draft, and Mauricio Robles, a Venezuelan signed in 2006.

The 23-year-old French had spent the past six years toiling in the Detroit minor league system before getting the call up this year. In Triple-A Toledo this year, French posted an earned run average under 3.00 with nearly a strikeout per inning. In five starts with the big club, he was 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

He throws a high-80’s fastball paired with a slider/changeup combination that hovers in the high 70’s/low 80’s. French’s true value is his durability, a quality that would seemingly peg him as a back of the rotation innings eater.

Robles is the more intriguing of the two lefties. He was originally signed as an outfielder with Detroit, but was moved to the pitching staff when he reached camp. Only 20-years-old, Roble’s still very raw and has an extremely inconsistent delivery. As a result, his fastball velocity varies; it’s been clocked as high as 94 miles per hour with late tailing life, but also at a weak 88 miles per hour when his mechanics aren’t right. His curveball and changeup need serious development; he throws them with noticeably slower arm speed which will render them hittable.

Still, Robles had an absolutely ridiculous run in the Midwest League in 2008 during which he pitched 51 innings and only gave up one earned run.

For a rent-an-arm, two mid-line lefties should be a solid return.

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  1. […] Washburn reaction. Good deal both ways says Blogging About Baseball. Rob Neyer sees it as a wiser move for Seattle, while Keith Law thinks Washburn could be golden in […]

  2. Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Seattle deals Washburn to Detroit for two young lefties….

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    July 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm


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