Boras: Up to Five Teams Want Washburn
"As many as five clubs are after him," Boras told FanHouse Friday afternoon. "A lot of teams are interested. The reality has struck."
Boras declined to identify any of the teams.
According to a FanHouse report last month, the Mariners made a "small" offer to the left-hander, who pitched 3 1/2 seasons with Seattle before he was traded to Detroit last summer.
Washburn was 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight games with Detroit. In his 12-season career, Washburn is 107-109 with a 4.10 ERA.
Boras said Washburn, 35, probably would need three weeks to build up arm strength and innings before he'd be ready to start for a major league club.
For the agent, it's been an emotional day. Friday morning he telephoned the late parents of Nick Adenhart, the Angels pitcher who died a year ago along with two friends when their vehicle was hit by a drunk driver.
Adenhart had thrown six scoreless innings at Anaheim Stadium a few hours before he was killed. He was 22.
Boras said he told Adenhart's parents that he mentions Adenhart to every player he represents
"I tell players that you can't take anything for granted," he said, adding that it's not unusual for athletes to consider themselves invincible. "You can be young, you can be talented and you can be successful, but it can all leave you in a moment's notice. You have to be very guarded, very guarded."
Boras broke down a year ago when he talked to reporters about Adenhart.
"When his father asked me to speak for the family, I thought I could do that," Boras said. "It's a very vivid memory to see a man that young and so accomplished with so much ahead lose his life. That's a 3:57 call in the morning you never want to get again. Maybe you call your kids more often (as a result)."