New Zealand Fan wrote:Only as spot starters.
Washburn would be top of that list for me.
I think Washburn is a huge risk. His peripheral numbers last year were not very good, so his ERA is very misleading. I'd be very surprised if his ERA was below 4.25, and he's not a big K guy. Add that to a 1.3 WHIP or so, and it's not too good.
You obviously haven't done your homework on Mr Washburn.
His away numbers have always been far better than his home numbers so the change to Seattle is a huge plus in his favour. He will also now pitch against the Angels who are a leftie stacked team and throughout his career he has had a great deal more success against left handed hitters than right.
Add to that the fact that his overall career numbers are better than any of those guys you mentioned ahead of him and that he has battled health problems the past two seasons.
By all accounts he is now 100% (the Mariners certainly think so) and although only a 5th starter, he is still the Top pitcher on that list.
He is an absolute must start against left handed dominated hitting teams.
No one else on that list is anything other than a spot starter.