Posted on August 14, 2008 at 3:28 PM
Washburn was pulled off waivers Thursday after the Mariners could not agree on a deal with the Twins, who had claimed him, the Seattle Times reports.
ROTOWIRE FANTASY ANALYSIS
The only way this makes sense is if the Twins refused to take all of Washburn's salary. So the Mariners pull Washburn back, and when they re-waive him the claiming team will be forced to take his total salary. The Mariners won't get any players in return, only a $50,000 claiming fee, but that doesn't matter because this is merely a salary dump anyway. And if no team claims him, then the Mariners can negotiate a trade with any team. Other than that, we're hard pressed to understand why Seattle wouldn't rid itself of Washburn when it had the chance.