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Twins to continue talks with Pavano into tonight

Posted on: December 7, 2009 1:38 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Twins continue their dialogue with veteran pitcher Carl Pavano and, though talks so far have not led to a contract, the veteran right-hander is expected to accept the Twins' offer of salary arbitration by tonight's midnight EST deadline.

Though a handful of other clubs have shown interest in Pavano, sources told, his clear preference is to return to the Twins because they have a chance to win and he enjoyed his stint there last August and September.

The thinking if he does accept arbitration is that, once salary figures are exchanged, he and the Twins still could agree on a two-year deal before the arbitration date later this winter. Pavano went 14-12 with a  5.10 ERA in 33 starts for Cleveland and Minnesota in 2009. Perhaps most attractively, he worked 199 1/3 innings.

Tom O'Connell, Pavano's agent, declined to comment on specifics Monday afternoon here. He and the Twins are scheduled to meet again tonight.

"We'll let the arbitration process play out," O'Connell said.

If the Pavano talks fall through, the Twins' next choice is believed to be free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn.

Other items:

-- Atlanta hopes to land a middle-of-the-order bat by the time it leaves Indianapolis this week, and the Braves have made it known that they will trade either one of two starting pitchers to get it, Javier Vazquez or Derek Lowe.

-- The Dodgers are pushing hard to trade for a starting pitcher. Among others, they have approached Pittsburgh about Paul Maholm, and the Pirates also have indicated a willingness to clubs to listen to offers on Zach Duke.

-- The Orioles are looking for a third baseman and a closer.

-- Florida is looking to trade two of its three arbitration-eligible relievers, Matt Lindstrom, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez.



Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2009 3:45 pm

Twins to continue talks with Pavano into tonight

Any possibility the Braves would send Vazquez to the Rockies for Brad Hawpe?

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2009 2:33 pm

Twins to continue talks with Pavano into tonight

The last thing the Twins need is Carl Pavano. The need a number 1 or 2 starter that can dominate a team. They have too many of the same type of pitchers. They are all number 3 or 4's. We also need a 3rd baseman who can hit for power as they have no one. J.J. Hardy was a good trade pick-up for Carlos gomez as at least Hardy has done something in the majors and is not totally relying on potential.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2009 2:17 pm

Twins to continue talks with Pavano into tonight

With the Orioles looking for bodies to fill 3B and the closer positions, what are the chances they talk with the Padres who are openly shopping Heath Bell and Kevin Kouzmanoff?  Obviously the O's would not have tons they'd be willing offer in the high-level talent department, but are the Padres interested in Major League-ready talent or are they restocking the farm system from the ground up?  Id like to be a fly on the wall with Andy MacPhail to see if he's getting the O's some serious talent for 2010 to match up with our up-and-coming players.

We may not be ready for 2010, but 2011 could be very interesting if MacPhail builds the team he's proven he's capable of in the past...

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