The Twins have made an offer to left-hander Jarrod Washburn and are currently awaiting his response, reports Scott Miller of CBSSports.com.
The Twins have been linked to Washburn over the past couple of years, mainly due to Washburn's desire to play close to his home in Northwestern Wisconsin. But other than that, this move makes little sense from any standpoint. The Twins already have several internal options that are better fits. He got off to a great start in '09 but after he was traded to Detroit, he completely fell off the deep end. Washburn's a flyball pitcher, which matched with the Twins poor defensive outfield, probably won't make for a happy marriage. Washburn looked great early last season with Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro Suzuki, two of baseball's best defensive outfielders, behind him.
If this deal is for 1 year $1 million, I won't cry about it. But I do agree with Parker Hageman of Over The Baggy and John Meyer of TwinsMVB.com that the starts Washburn will be wasting is bigger than the money aspect. The Twins would be better served spending the money they're looking to invest in Washburn, even if it's not much, and putting it toward a better pitcher, second baseman/third baseman or Joe Mauer.
I really don't see any reasoning behind this offer. Hopefully it's just another baseless rumor.