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Washburn traded to Tigers

By jcfortun Published: July 31, 2009

The first notable trade of the day has just arrived.

Mike Salk of ESPN Radio Seattle and foxsports.com is reporting Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn has been traded to the Detroit Tigers for left-handed pitcher Luke French and Class A left-hander Mauricio Robles.

The Tigers have a two-game lead in the Al Central and bolster their starting rotation with Washburn, who is 8-6 this season with a 2.64 ERA.

French is 4-4 this season at Class AAA Toledo with a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts. In five starts with the major league club this season, French is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

Robles is a combined 8-6 with a4.24 ERA this season between two different Detroit Class A affiliates (Lakeland and West Michigan). He has struck out 111 in 91 1/3 innings.

The trade comes as a bit of a surprise, especially to the New York Yankees who looked like a front runner for Washburn. It is unclear who the Yankees may target now, possibly bullpen help.

By acquiring Washburn, the Tigers now have three of the top 10 ERAs in the American league in their starting rotation. Edwin Jackson is second in the league with a 2.59 ERA. Washburn is third at 2.64 and Justin Verlander is seventh at 3.16.

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