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Jarrod Washburn

Jarrod Washburn during his tenure with the Mariners.
Free agent — No. --
Starting pitcher
Born: August 13, 1974 (1974-08-13) (age 35)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
June 2, 1998 for the Anaheim Angels
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win–Loss     107–109
Earned run average     4.10
Strikeouts     1,103
Career highlights and awards

Jarrod Michael Washburn (born August 13, 1974) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who is currently a free agent.



Washburn attended the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. He won the championship game of the 1994 NCAA Division III World Series, against Wesleyan University (Conn.)


Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Washburn was drafted by the California Angels in the 2nd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft. Washburn began his professional career pitching for the Low Single-A Boise Hawks and Cedar Rapids Kernels in 1995. In 1996, he began pitching for High Single-A Lake Elsinore, was promoted mid-season to Double-A Midland, and promoted late-season to Triple-A Vancouver. Washburn began 1997 back in Double-A and was playing for Triple-A Vancouver in 1998 when he was called up and made his major league debut on June 2. After dividing his time between the Angels and Triple-A Edmonton in 1999, Washburn was called up for good in 2001; he started 30 games and went 11-10 with an ERA of 3.77 establishing himself as a major league starter.

Washburn's career year was 2002, when he won 18 games and lost 6 with an excellent ERA of 3.15, finishing 4th in American League Cy Young Award voting, and helped the Angels to a World Series championship. In the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, he went 1-0 in 2 starts and had an ERA of 3.75. In the American League Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins, Washburn started one game, pitching 7 innings and allowing only 1 earned run; however, he struggled in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, giving up 10 earned runs in his 2 starts in Games 1 and 5. The Angels would go on to win the 2002 World Series in 7 games, in the first World Series ever in which both teams were wild card teams.

In 2003, Washburn went 10-15 and his ERA climbed to 4.43. 2004 was similar with a 4.64 ERA, but with more run support, his record improved to 11-8. In 2005, despite having a record of only 8-8, he had an ERA of 3.20 and became a free agent after the season.

Seattle Mariners

On December 22, 2005, Washburn signed a four-year contract worth $37.5 million with the Seattle Mariners. In 2006, he finished a disappointing 8-14 with a 4.67 ERA; in 2007, he bettered his his ERA to 4.32. In 2008, Washburn struggled early in the season, but from June 9 to August 6, he had an ERA of 3.24. Through August 6, Washburn had the lowest run support in the American League,[1] and was also the victim of seven blown saves in 2008, tying for first in the majors.[2]

On July 6, 2009, Washburn threw the first 1-hit game in Safeco Field history. The game was also the tenth 1-hit game in Mariners team history. Washburn started 7-6 in 2009, and had a 2.87 ERA with only 28 walks through July 18, 2009.

As of the end of July 2009, opposing batters were hitting .224 against him, which was the third-lowest batting average in the league; he was just behind Edwin Jackson (.216) and Matt Garza (.222), and was followed by Scott Feldman (.228; .217 as a starter).[3]

Detroit Tigers

On July 31, 2009, Washburn was traded to the Detroit Tigers for pitchers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.[4]



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