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Tigers Make Their Move

Already gifted with one of the better young, one-two punches in their rotation, the Detroit Tigers made a trade with Seattle to land starter Jarrod Washburn. Washburn has quietly had a very good season possessing and 8-6 record, 2.64 ERA, 1.068 WHIP and has gone seven innings or more in 11 of his 20 starts.

The 34-year-old Washburn will be the elder statesman of the Tigers' rotation, teaming up with Justin Verlander (26 years old), Edwin Jackson (25), rookie Rick Porcello (20) and Armando Galarraga (27) to give Detroit a pitching core that could lead them to the AL Central title.

In return for Washburn, the Tigers sent 23-year-old rookie starting pitcher Luke French (1-2, 3.38 ERA) and minor-league prospect Mauricio Robles to the Mariners to make it a trade consisting entirely of left-handed pitchers.

Washburn is in the final year of a $37.5 million, four-year deal and has turned around his career this year thanks to a new split-fingered fastball.

Seattle has now made a number of trades this week, landing pitcher Ian Snell and shortstop Jack Wilson from the Pittsburgh Pirates and reliever Robert Manuel from the Cincinnati Reds. The Mariners remain in no-man's land in the AL West as the team has been significantly better this year than most thought, but is still eight games back of division-leading Los Angeles.

Detroit, on the other hand, knows very well that the AL Central is there for the taking. The division race boils down to three teams, with the Tigers holding a two-game lead over the Twins while the White Sox are a half-game further back.

Does this move make the Tigers the favorite to emerge from the Central this year?

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Mariners , Tigers  | Tags: Seattle Mariners, al central, american league central, detroit tigers, jarrod washburn  
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