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Yes, there's still free agency for Tigers

While trade rumors build around the Tigers regarding players they control, their interest in their own free agents hasn’t gone away, at least not for most of them.

The Tigers have had contact with the agents for relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon, second baseman Placido Polanco and shortstop Adam Everett, but those discussions were believed to be preliminary ahead of follow-up talks later.

Meanwhile, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed to Booth Newspapers that they will not be pursuing free agents Jarrod Washburn and Aubrey Huff, both late-season trade acquisitions for the Tigers this past summer who struggled down the stretch.

Neither was expected to be a Tigers target. Washburn had told reporters last week that he hadn’t heard from the Tigers other than to check on his knee after surgery.

“We called both Jarrod and Aubrey this week and told them we will not be pursuing them,” Dombrowski told Booth Newspapers. “We wished them well.”

Dombrowski said the team had not made such calls to its other four free agents.

The Tigers acquired Washburn from Seattle at the nonwaiver trade deadline July 31, but knee problems hampered him in August and September until the Tigers shut him down for the final couple weeks. He posted a 1-3 record and 7.33 ERA in eight Tigers starts, compared with an 8-6 record and 2.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners.

Huff batted .189 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 40 games for the Tigers after coming over from Baltimore in a mid-August trade. Detroit’s plans to rotate players between designated hitter and the outfield, including Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, essentially sealed Huff’s departure.

The Tigers hold exclusive negotiating rights on their free agents for seven more days. Other teams can talk to them now, and all four have drawn interest, but those teams can’t make contract offers or talk contract terms until next Friday.

By then, the Tigers should have a better idea about any trade talks, where they may lead, and what holes any deals could fill.

All four are expected to seek multi-year contracts, according to industry sources, but that’s no surprise. The Tigers didn’t sign any free agent or arbitration-eligible player to a multi-year contract last year, and aside from possibly Justin Verlander, it remains to be seen whether they would do so now.

Prospect Scott Sizemore has been deemed ready for the big leagues, while relievers Cody Satterwhite and Robbie Weinhardt could conceivably be ready within a year. Shortstop is a different situation, and barring a trade acquisition, there’s expected to be mutual interest for Everett to return.

Five Tigers file for free agency

As the veteran Tigers scribe Jim Hawkins likes to say, no sense waiting (yes, I recycled that line from my Twitter account, @beckjason). Five Tigers — Adam Everett, Aubrey Huff, Placido Polanco, Fernando Rodney and Jarrod Washburn — filed for free agency Thursday, the first day players could do so. The only Tiger eligible for free agency who didn’t file Thursday was Brandon Lyon, and that’s more of a formality. His agent and the Tigers haven’t talked yet. Look for a free-agent roundup on the site tonight.

The Tigers have exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents through Thursday, Nov. 20. While those players can talk with other teams, they technically can’t talk contract terms or exchange offers, though agents seem to get around the contract terms part. Starting Nov. 21, it’s a free-for-all.

Also, the Elias rankings that determine compensation for free agents came out today. Polanco qualified for Type A status, meaning the Tigers would receive at least a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of next year’s draft, and possibly a first-round pick as well, if they offer him arbitration and he signs somewhere else. That leaves the Tigers with a decision to make whether they offer him arbitration, and I’m not sure the Tigers won’t take a chance and offer it. After all, if he accepts it, the Tigers have him for one year.

Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon both qualified for Type B status. If the Tigers offered them arbitration, they’d get a draft pick after the second round if they signed elsewhere.

Washburn would like to return to Seattle

MLB.com Mariners reporter Jim Street caught up with likely former Tigers pitcher Jarrod Washburn, who should be healthy next spring after having his knee cleaned out last month. That said, even a healthy Washburn seems unlikely to return to Detroit.

As many expected, Washburn sounded like someone who would very much like to return to Seattle, where he credits his success for the first half of this past season and the clubhouse atmosphere with pulling him away from a possible retirement.

“We had a lot of fun and the coaching staff made it a much more
pleasant working environment,” he said. “You looked forward to coming
to work.”

On the July 31 trade to Detroit, Washburn said he had mixed feelings.

“Going to a first-place team was nice,” he said, “but I was leaving a group of players that I loved. It was both good and bad.”

Washburn hoping for return in 2-4 weeks

Jarrod Washburn said today the timetable he was given on his rehab program for his ailing left knee could have him back in 2-4 weeks, should the Tigers be playing around then.

Washburn, back with the club after missing the road trip to visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum, said he’s two weeks into a 4-6 week program designed to strengthen the muscles around his knee, which has instability on the inner side. That’s enough for him to hold off on surgery for now and try to get back into pitching shape.

“It was either that or surgery,” Washburn said.

That doesn’t mean he’s avoiding surgery. There’s a good chance he’ll have to have it this offseason. But waiting on that doesn’t hurt him, and he feels he owes it to the Tigers to at least try to come back, even if it’s a long shot.

“It’s frustrating,” Washburn said. “I’ve done nothing since I got here, and it’s all because of the knee.”

Washburn update

Jarrod Washburn is a long shot at best to pitch again for
the Tigers this season, but he’s going to see where it leads.

 

Washburn, out since his troublesome left knee swelled up
on him in his last start Sept. 15, will be back in Detroit to rejoin the Tigers
Monday. He’ll begin what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called an
“extensive rehab” program in hopes of getting back on the mound if the
Tigers need him.

 

By no means are the Tigers expecting him to be back. It’s
going to be a long process, and if he can pitch again, Rand said it would only
be “deep in the playoffs” if the Tigers get that far. But Washburn
has nothing to lose by trying, and even if it’s merely a chance, the chance to
contribute to the team that traded for him two months ago is enough for him to opt
against surgery for now to correct instability in the medial (inner) portion of
the knee.

 

Washburn’s visit last week with orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Lewis Yocum confirmed the original diagnosis from team doctors. He was
presented with several options for how to treat the injury, including the rehab
course that could potentially get him in pitching shape before the end of the
postseason.

Washburn to visit Dr. Yocum to check out knee

Tigers left-hander Jarrod Washburn will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum Tuesday in southern California for a closer look at the troublesome left knee that has knocked him out of action and possibly ended his season.

Washburn was not seen with the team Friday for the Tigers’ series opener against the Twins. head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Washburn has been completely shut down from pitching activity for now until he can see Dr. Yocum, who has worked with Washburn since his younger years pitching for the Angels.

Rand said the Tigers medical staff has been consulting with Dr. Yocum on test results and other information, since he knows more about the history of Washburn’s knee. So far, tests have shown no cartilage damage, and he has been diagnosed with instability in the inner part of the knee stemming from an old ACL injury.

Washburn and the medical staff had hoped to find a way to reduce the pain and swelling in his knee enough to get him back on the mound. As Washburn’s lone inning of work Tuesday showed, however, that’s easier said than done.

Though Washburn’s knee has bothered him for most of the season, dating back to early in the year with Seattle, he was able to pitch through it into July. Except for one or two starts, however, the veteran left-hander has been ineffective since joining the Tigers in a July 31 trade.

The Tigers hoped skipping him for a start earlier this month would help, since it did the trick in Seattle in May. However, Washburn said his knee felt no better when he returned Sept. 10 at Kansas City. Worse, it began to swell on him as soon as he warmed up for his start last Tuesday against the Royals at Comerica Park. Manager Jim Leyland and Rand decided to pull him when he was noticeably hobbled during a four-run first inning that night.

Look for more on the blog next week.

Robertson in line for Sunday start

Just got back from Tigers clubhouse, where not surprisingly, Nate Robertson appears to be in line for that Sunday start at Minnesota in Jarrod Washburn’s place. Jim Leyland said Robertson is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session Thursday, which should determine whether he feels well enough to start. If he can go, the Tigers are set in their rotation. If he can’t, well, Leyland hasn’t said it, but one would think he might have to revisit his plans for Zach Miner at that point.

Tigers' latest pitching conundrum

OK, here’s what we know about the Tigers’ pitching situation:

  • Jarrod Washburn’s left knee injury is more than just simple soreness. It’s now swelling, and it isn’t getting any better. And as it is now, he can’t pitch through it, leaving his next turn Sunday at Minnesota unlikely.
  • Because the Tigers don’t have an off-day until Monday, and Eddie Bonine would seem unlikely to start again on short rest, the Tigers can’t simply skip the spot for a turn.
  • Armando Galarraga is now available to pitch out of the bullpen, but he said the inflammation in his right elbow most likely won’t allow him enough pitches in an outing to start again this year.
  • Nate Robertson felt fine moving around Tuesday after three days of rest following his diagnosis of pelvic inflammation. He’ll try to throw a short side session Wednesday. If he can, he figures he’ll be available in the bullpen. Of course, that plan came before Washburn’s setback Tuesday night.
  • Zach Miner pitched effectively for two innings Tuesday, but manager Jim Leyland wanted to stop him there so that he could be available in the coming days. However, Leyland said, “Zach will remain in the bullpen.”
  • Jeremy Bonderman, the only other pitcher in the Tigers bullpen with recent starting experience, isn’t stretched out to start.
  • Leyland said he has no idea who will start Sunday, but planned to discuss his options with coaches Wednesday.

How Robertson feels in his bullpen session would seemingly play a major role in how the Tigers proceed. If he’s fine, he makes the Tigers’ options easier. If he isn’t, well, it becomes more complicated, and it gets a little closer to the “absolutely necessary” condition that Leyland placed on the possibility of starting Miner when he talked about it last week.

Washburn, Galarraga appear set for starts

It isn't quite written in ink yet, but Jarrod Washburn and Armando Galarraga appear set to go for the Tigers Tuesday and Wednesday against the Royals. Washburn, whose left knee continues to be a concern, said he's going. Galarraga is playing catch today to see how he feels. Bonine is the second option, and he said he hasn't been told anything about holding back in the bullpen or stretching out.

Galarraga out, Robertson in

ST. PETERSBURG – After Sunday’s come-from-behind 5-3 win,
Jim Leyland’s starting rotation shrunk from six to five.

Coming off a Saturday outing when he gave up six runs in
just 2 1/3 innings of work, the Tigers’ skipper announced that Armando
Galarraga was going to be used out of the bullpen and Nate Robertson would continue
to be a starter.

Sunday starter Edwin Jackson will be given an extra day of
rest and start on Saturday, and Robertson will go in the series opener against
the Blue Jays on Friday.

How long Robertson will go on as the starter is still
unknown, but Leyland isn’t looking at it as a one-shot deal.

“I am thinking Galarraga is out of the rotation and maybe
Nate can go on,” Leyland said. “I’m hoping [Robertson is] pretty fresh, and
that can be big for us. But I’m not going to start Galarraga at this time.”

Galarraga, battling some right elbow inflammation, was
originally slated to start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday but started in the big
leagues on Saturday so Jarrod Washburn could rest his balky left knee.

Leyland said prior to Sunday’s game that he didn’t think
anything was physically wrong with Galarraga, but after he gave up four hits
and three walks and threw 54 pitches before even getting out of the third, he
knew it was time to make a change.

“I just don’t think things are totally right,” Leyland said.
“At this juncture, I’m not planning on starting him – at this juncture. But
saying that, maybe a little more rest, we can tinker around in the bullpen a
little bit there, depending on Washburn. We’ve still got some things up in the
air, so I can’t set anything in stone, but my intention right now is not to
start him.”

– Alden Gonzalez

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