Well, it's not quite at that level as the headline suggested. But Jarrod Washburn has been the talk around town for the last 15 or so hours - and with good reason - following his scintillating one-hit performance last night against the Orioles.
Here's my game story from last night.
Here's Jeff Zrebiec's game story from the Baltimore Sun.
Perhaps the most interesting things of those interviews were that Washburn admitting that he was considering retirement next year, but that now after the way he's pitched this season, he wants to keep throwing. More specifically, he wouldn't mind throwing for the Mariners next season.
On both interviews he said he was amenable to re-signing with the Mariners. In his interview with Brock and Salk, he mentioned pitching coach Rick Adair and the work he's done with as a big reason for him wanting to continue pitching in the future and pitching for the Mariners.
"If I do play past this year, I would love to be able to work with him some more," Washburn said.
Washburn also went into more detail about the mechanical change he talked about last night. It isn't anything in his wind-up, in fact, it's before he starts his delivery and it is just sticking his butt out. It helps him stand tall and gets his hips in better position on his delivery. Something so simple apparently has paid off.
As for Washburn, he admitted to Furness that he doesn't want to be traded and if he is traded that would mean the Mariners took a major nosedive over the next few weeks. Washburn believes this team can win now and he wants to stay ... which is a much different feeling that last year.
Buster Olney was ESPN TV today and said that right now Washburn has the highest trade value of he'll ever have and possibly of any pitcher in baseball right now ... well except for Roy Halladay, who is apparently and unbelievably is available for a possible trades.
So with Washburn's value being so high, Jack Z can't trade him can he? Probably not right now with the M's still in it. But that doesn't mean big Jack should stop taking calls or offers on Washburn, Bedard, Batista or Branyan or anyone not named Felix or Ichiro. So much can change in three weeks that he has to keep all bases covered. Realistically Zduriencik can be play both sides as a buyer and a seller right up until the deadline.