The Detroit Tigers added Jarrod Washburn earlier in the day, surrendering left-handed starter Luke French and Class-A lefty Mauricio Robles to the Seattle Mariners.
Washburn immediately solidifies the Tigers’ rotation depth, and he’s an immediate improvement over the 23-year-old French, who is going to have growing pains adjusting to the major league level. Washburn will give the back end of the Tigers’ rotation a capable starter who has been as effective as anyone in baseball recently. In fact with his performance this season, Washburn essentially played his way out of Seattle.
If the 34-year-old Washburn can continue his recent string of great starts, and basically replicate what he’s done so far (8-6, 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), then the Tigers may have just locked up the AL Central.