Ibanez, Washburn to stay with M's
SI.com has learned that the Tigers won the claim on Ibanez and the Twins won the claim on Washburn. However, neither team was able to work out a trade with Seattle within the allotted 48 hours after making the claim.
There were multiple claims on Ibanez, who is batting .292 with 19 home runs and is making only $5.5 million in the final year of his contract before he can become a free agent. The Mariners have been requesting multiple top prospects for Ibanez since they expect to receive two top draft choices if he leaves via free agency. While the Tigers are only on the cusp of the race, their signing of free-agent pitcher Freddy Garcia was an early indication they intend to try to contend.
While it's possible the Twins' claim on Washburn was done mostly to block other American League contenders, including the AL Central rival White Sox, sources indicate that there were trade discussions ongoing between Minnesota and Seattle. However, the teams couldn't agree on a trade before the Thursday afternoon deadline.
Washburn, who is 5-12 with a 4.58 ERA for the last-place Mariners, is making $9.85 million this year and is slated to make $10.35 million in 2009 -- a high price to pay for the low-payroll Twins.
Before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees expressed an interest in acquiring Washburn and were offering to take his entire salary but willing to give the Mariners only a middling prospect. FOXSports.com first reported that the two Mariners had been claimed, though the claiming teams haven't previously been named.
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