Darrell Rasner pitched well enough to get another chance tonight. Going into the sixth inning and giving up two runs is beyond what you expect from a No. 5 starter.
But how long will he hold the job? The Yankees are keeping a very close eye on Seattle left-hander Jarrod Washburn. He is owed roughly $14 million through the end of the 2009 season but makes sense for the Yankees in several ways.
He has a 2.82 ERA in six career starts at the Stadium. Washburn also has pitched well against AL East team this season and has eight games of playoff experience.
Most importantly, Washburn would not come at a high cost in terms of prospects. Seattleâ€™s benefit would be shedding his contract.
Washburn is 4-9 with a 4.75 ERA for a bad team. But former teammate Richie Sexson endorsed the idea of a trade tonight.
“I think he can pitch here because he’s a competitive guy,” Sexson said. “If they asked me, I’d say it would be worth it.”
The Yankees’ interest in Washburn was first reported by The Star-Ledger. The Yankees also are actively seeking one of the many left-handed relievers on the market. That group includes Ron Mahay, Brian Fuentes, Damaso Marte and John Grabow.
You can forget the idea of picking up a catcher. According to executives from other teams, no catcher that would be an upgrade on Jose Molina is available.