As expected, Carl Pavano will return to the Twins, as the two sides finally consummated a two-year deal worth $16.5 million.
Pavano held out a long time hoping to get a three-year deal, but at age 35 apparently couldn't find any takers. His signing removes the last front-line starter from the free-agent market. The Nationals, Rangers, Pirates and Mariners were rumored to have interest at various points, but in recent weeks it has been apparent he was headed back to the Twin Cities.
Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and a, ERA+ of 111 -- the third-best of his 12-year career. Since being traded from Cleveland to Minnesota late in the 2009 season, he is 22-15 with a 3.97 ERA.
-- David Andriesen