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Monday, July 27, 2009
Mariners ready to deal Washburn?

Just last week, it sure looked as if the Mariners had an outside shot at catching the front-runners in the American League West.

Now? Not so much. Not after getting outscored 31-6 by the Indians in a three-game sweep. Not after losing Erik Bedard to the disabled list (again). Not after falling seven-and-a-half games behind the first-place Angels.

Geoff Baker believes the front office is ready to give up on this season, which would be a bitter pill for the fans but really is the best thing for everyone, going forward. Further, Baker believes that Jarrod Washburn -- who just keeps humming along -- might soon be a Milwaukee Brewer:

The Hardy/Escobar question is fascinating, from the Brewers' perspective in particular (I agree with Baker; the M's have little use for Hardy, due to his contract). Trading Hardy would be tough for Milwaukee, because the fans and (presumably) his teammates like having him around. That said, Washburn + Escobar almost certainly wins more games than Hardy alone, and that's (probably) true even if Hardy suddenly begins hitting like he did last year (rather than like his .231/.298/.374 line this year).

But, again, I don't see Hardy being a part of any deal for Washburn. If the M's can shake Escobar loose, though? And maybe a young pitcher besides? That's probably a deal the Mariners should make.