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Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:16 am
Carl Pavano If you didn't already think the Twins had re-signed Carl Pavano, they haven't yet. But they're about to, Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune tweets .

Christensen tweets the two sides are "very close" and just working out the final details on a deal to bring back the man with the best mustache in baseball.

"I think we're in the home stretch here," general manager Bill Smith told the paper on Tuesday.

Pavano, 35, was 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA for the Twins last season, pitching 221 innings in 32 starts. He signed a one-year, $7 million deal before last season and has reportedly been looking for a multiyear deal this time.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:33 pm

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

Did you just put Fausto Carmona in the ace category with Josh Johnson and David Price?  Fausto?  Seriously?  Not even sure I'd take him over Nick Blackburn or Kevin Slowey.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:59 pm

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

Isn't this story two weeks old?  The Twins are just being the Twins, pinching every last penny out of this deal.  I agree the Twins need an ace.  They have a lot of depth in the OF, with Revere possibly coming up with the club and Hicks soon behind.  Maybe hey can package an OF starter and some prospects and go after a starter like Johnson in FLA, Santana?, Carmona? Price?

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:52 pm

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

I'm glad the Twins are signing Pavano and signed Thome.  I have to agree about the pitching.  Given the young outfielders and the return of Cuddy to the outfield, why wouldn't they trade Delmon while his value is so high and get a no. 2 starter for him? I also thought taking a flier on Webb was a good idea. They had better shore up the pen for this bunch- great offense or not, Pavano and Liriano only pitch 3 times a week- someone's gotta keep them in games.  I forsee alot of 9-8 ball games this year.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:55 am

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

I agree man. The twins are looking pretty familiar from last year. I also think the twins need an ace. Im not sure Pavano is it. A multi-yr deal at 37 yrs old? I dont see the twins givng him more than 2 years. Morneau will be back and that is huge. We didnt have his power in the playoffs and that will help. Love the Thome signing. He will have a big year if given the at bats. And will our closer be back? The twins will be back at the top again. The offense is too good, and maybe the best in the A.L. But pitching again....will be the twins downfall imo.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:30 am

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

These parties need to quit dancing and get the deal done. Still wish the Twins had gone out and shopped for an Ace. I blog-begged for Brandon Webb, Zack Greinke, and the acquisition of a second-tier stud/risk like Erik Bedard here:


The Twins are obviously content to field pretty much the team that got them dumped from the playoffs last year, after a market improvement over the squad that got unceremoniously dumped in 2009... and so it goes.

No Aces. Pretty much Jacks.

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