Royals interested in Jarrod Washburn?

According to John Heyman the Royals have reinserted themselves, he uses the phrase “expressed interest,” into the “chase” for free agent pitcher Jarrod Washburn.  My question is why?  What does Washburn bring to the table for the Kansas City Royals?   I will admit that, he would probably turn in a better season than Hochevar or Davies, and maybe even Brian Bannister, in 2010, but what happens to the rotation in 2011 and 2012 as a result?  Does his presence in the rotation realistically push the Royals any higher than 4th place?

Kansas City’s reported interest is another example of the front office simply not understanding what they are at this point in their development. With or without Jarrod Washburn they will not be a competitive team this season so why bring in a aging veteran with declining stuff when you have younger guys, like Davies, who still possess some semblance of potential?  For all his failings and inconsistency, Kyle Davies still has middle of the rotation stuff.   The same cannot be said for Jarrod Washburn so all things considered I’d much rather have the guy who is nine years younger and has some potential remaining.  Heck I might go so far as to argue that Kyle Farnsworth has more potential than Washburn.  If you were to ask me who I would rather have in the 2010 rotation, Farnsworth or Washburn, my answer would be Farnsworth.

If the Royals were legitimately in the mix to win the AL Central, maybe this move would make a little sense but that begs the question.   Why are more teams that expect to compete not interested in Washburn?   To follow up that question with another, why is he even still on the market?

It will be a happy day when this organization stops stunting its own growth and stops chasing the mediocre lefty just so they can have one starting every fifth day.

(Wally Fish is the lead writer for Kings of Kauffman and Call to the Pen.  He is also FanSided’s MLB Director.  Subscribe to his RSS feed and add him on Twitter to follow him daily.)

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  • Michael Engel

    This kind of reminds me of the quote “only losing teams have inning eaters”.
    In a vacuum and on paper, I’d like Washburn as a part of this team, but, as you noted, his presence doesn’t do anything but take starts away from Davies/Hochevar/Bannister – all three of whom still have things to prove and work on both for this year, next year and potentially down the line when the Lamb/Dwyer/Montgomery/Runion/Arguelles/etc crew starts moving up the ladder.

    On an unrelated note, being able to type out a decent sized list of potential starting talent off the cuff is light years beyond where Kansas City was as an organization even two years ago. And I even omitted a few, so let’s add Crow/Melville/Sample to that list.

  • Nick

    Id rather see Washburn 15 times this year than Farnsworth once.

  • The Laundry

    Washburn belongs back in Seattle, where they have a pitcher’s park and very sound defense (especially without Yuni now). This is not a win now situation, and the Royals should focus on finding who, if any, among Bannister, Davies, Hochevar and Tejeda can cut it in the rotation going forward.

    I wouldn’t completely hate this deal if unnecessary money and years weren’t already committed to so many at or below replacement level players (Guillen, Farnsworth, Betancourt, Kendall, Podsednik, Bloomquist). But even then it would not make much sense. Washburn’s been throwing junk for years. Power arms or elite breaking stuff are what will help the Royals, and Washburn has neither.

    BTW What a sad list that is above.

  • gary west

    i agree with Nick. You must be joking to rather see Farnsworth than Washburn.