No sooner had the Mariners lost their seventh consecutive game than the rumor of Jarrod Washburn having been traded to the New York Yankees hit the clubhouse.
"I haven't heard a word about it," manager Jim Riggleman said.
"As far as I know, I'm still a Seattle Mariner – but let me check my phone messages," Washburn joked. "My plan is sill to start for the Mariners (Sunday)."
If Washburn is, indeed, to be traded, he'd have to be informed before any deal was completed. His partial no-trade clause includes the Yankees. Asked about what he'd take to kill that option, Washburn couldn't stay serious.
"I'd want a new ice cream machine in the clubhouse and a pass on their policy on facial hair," he said.
Is the deal legit? No one with the Mariners seemed certain, and one team executive in Cooperstown, N.Y. for the Dave Niehaus Hall of Fame ceremonies today text-messaged another in Toronto.
"Washburn traded?" he asked.
He wasn't alone.