Washburn to start amid trade rumors

Washburn to start amid trade rumors

TORONTO -- Left-hander Jarrod Washburn is Seattle's scheduled starting pitcher for Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Blue Jays, but whether or not he actually takes the mound is still anyone's guess.

Multiple online sources suggested on Saturday afternoon that Washburn was on the verge of being traded to the Yankees. Complicating the talks, however, is Washburn's no-trade clause, which gives him the right to veto any deal.

Following Saturday's 8-3 loss in Toronto, he said that on Thursday, he informed his agent, Scott Boras, of the compensation he would like to receive in order to approve any deal.

"One of the compensation things is I don't like shaving," joked a scruffy Washburn in reference to the Yankees' strict facial-hair policy that prohibits players from having a beard.

All kidding aside, though, Washburn, who is in the third year of a $37 million contract, says he is doing his best to keep the rumors out of his mind and focus on Sunday's start.

"My job doesn't change," said Washburn, who is 4-9 with a 4.75 ERA in 19 starts this season. "Nothing is done yet. As far as I know, I'm still a Seattle Mariner and my job is to go out and give us a chance to win.

"This is definitely the most I've been involved in trade talks. I've been getting a few more messages from friends and people that keep hearing the rumors. Other than that, not too much has changed. I'm not walking on pins and needles or jumping when the phone rings."

As far as manager Jim Riggleman is concerned, it's business as usual until he hears otherwise.

"Over the past three or four weeks, you hear about various stuff and Jarrod's name has been mentioned," Riggleman said. "But I haven't heard anything like that today, or recently. We're counting on him to pitch [Sunday]."

Pitching matchup
SEA: LHP Jarrod Washburn (4-9, 4.75 ERA)
Working with two extra days of "rest" because of a bout with the flu, Washburn pitched well against the Red Sox in his last start, but the lack of run support proved costly once again. Washburn held the Sox to two runs over 5 2/3 innings, but the Mariners scored none and the veteran lefty remained stuck on four wins this season and 97 in his career. He has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in seven of his past eight starts and won just two of them. Washburn has faced the Blue Jays twice this season, beating them, 4-2, in Seattle on July 2 and taking a no-decision in a 3-2 Mariners loss on June 9 in Toronto. He is 3-7 with a 4.62 ERA in his career against Toronto.

TOR: RHP Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.05 ERA)
Marcum wasn't sharp in his last outing, but he escaped with a no-decision on the road against the Orioles on Tuesday. In his first start off the disabled list, following a month-long bout with a right elbow injury, Marcum allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded three home runs and finished with three walks and three strikeouts. Marcum is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in seven career games against the Mariners.

Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with a double in the top of the second inning on Saturday against the Blue Jays. ... Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 and is four hits shy of No. 3,000 for his professional career in Japan and the Majors. ... The Mariners signed right-hander Jorge Sosa and assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma. Sosa began the season with the New York Mets bullpen, going 4-1 with a 7.06 ERA in 20 games. ... The Mariners have suffered through seven streaks of four or more losses in a row this season. The team currently has lost seven games in a row.

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Up next
• Monday: Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 7-6, 2.95) at Rangers (Scott Feldman, 4-3, 4.80), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Mariners (Carlos Silva, 4-12, 5.62) at Rangers (Luis Mendoza, 2-4, 7.16), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Mariners (Miguel Batista, 4-11, 6.67) at Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 12-5, 4.56), 5:05 p.m. PT

Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.