Ken Rosenthal writes that the Yanks’ pursuit of world-beater Jarrod Washburn is complicated by the lefty’s no-trade clause:
The contract provision complicates the Yankees’ pursuit of Washburn, which was first reported by the Newark-Star Ledger.
Washburn, who turns 34 on Aug. 14, is owed the balance of his $9.85 million salary this season and $10.35 million next season.
Players generally require financial compensation to waive no-trade protection, usually in the form of a cash bonus or contract extension.
The Yankees almost certainly would not part with quality prospects for Washburn if they needed to absorb his contract and negotiate additional compensation with his agent, Scott Boras. The Mariners are seeking young pitching in return, according to major-league sources.
I understand that Washburn is likely an improvement on either Sidney Ponson or Darrell Rasner because they’re not very good, and I understand that money is no object in Yankeeland–except when it is. But this is Jarrod Washburn we’re talking about.
I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about Jarrod Washburn, not Johan Santana, not Johan Santana, not Johan Santana, but we’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. Not Johan Santana who I would go out there and die for and post about like it’s my last post but we’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. How silly is that?
Now I know that I’m supposed to lead by example and all that but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I honestly do but we’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. We’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. We’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. We’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. We’re not talking about Johan Santana. We’re talking about Jarrod Washburn. When you come to the site, and you see me post, you’ve seen me post right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about Jarrod Washburn right now.