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Washburn interested in comeback with Crew

Washburn interested in comeback with Crew

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MILWAUKEE -- It sounds like left-hander Jarrod Washburn is interested in a comeback with his home-state Brewers.

Washburn, who hails from western Wisconsin, told FoxSports.com on Monday that he wants to pitch in 2011 after sitting out all of 2010. Geographically speaking, the 36-year-old's most convenient teams would be the Brewers and Twins, and Milwaukee could be especially enticing since it hired new manager Ron Roenicke.

Washburn pitched for the Angels from 1998-2005. Roenicke was the Angels' third-base coach from 2000-05 and graduated to bench coach starting in 2006, when Washburn moved on to Seattle.

"Love him," Washburn told FoxSports.com. "Great hire for the Brewers. I think he will do very well there. Knew it was only a matter of time before he got his shot. He learned under one of the best in [Mike] Scioscia. Others who did that seem to be doing very well in Joe Maddon and Buddy Black. I'm sure he will do great."

The Brewers are certainly in the market for pitching this winter, but will general manager Doug Melvin be willing to commit to an aging veteran who has not pitched in more than a year? He was willing to offer a second chance last winter to outfielder Jim Edmonds, who sat out all of 2009 and launched a comeback with the Brewers on a Minor League contract.

The Edmonds experiment had its successes -- he won a spot on the team out of Spring Training, started on Opening Day and showed flashes of being both the hitter and defender that made him a star for the Angels and Cardinals. But he also was limited by injuries.

Whether Washburn would accept a low-risk Minor League offer will go far in determining whether he returns to baseball for next season. Washburn, who, like Edmonds a year earlier, sat out a season because he didn't get the type of offer he was seeking, said that several teams had already reached out to gauge his interest in resuming his career.

In parts of 12 seasons, Washburn is 107-109 with a 4.10 ERA. He was excellent for the Mariners during the first half of 2009, going 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA in his first 20 starts. But he slumped following a trade to the Tigers, hampered by a left knee injury that required surgery. Washburn finished the year 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in a Tigers uniform, and Detroit lost a one-game playoff against the Twins to finish one game back in the American League Central.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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