Tag:Carl Pavano
Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:16 am

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

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

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb  on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Twins, Pavano closing in

We all know Carl Pavano is probably going to sign with the Twins, but for some reason the process is taking forever. Well, it looks like our wait might be over soon, as Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Twins expect an answer from the right-hander early next week.

There have been concerns Minnesota might not be able to spring for both Pavano and Jim Thome, but with the Twins bringing Thome back at a somewhat reasonable $3 million and no recent chatter about anyone else actively pursuing Pavano, it looks like he'll be back at Target Field.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:45 am

Twins may not be able to afford Thome and Pavano

Carl Pavano Many of us have assumed Carl Pavano and Jim Thome would return to the Twins, but as of today, both are still free agents.

While Pavano was obviously waiting out Cliff Lee, Lee's been in Philly for some time now and Thome has seen lesser hitters (Lance Berkman, Derrek Lee) sign for big money while waiting for the Twins to make their move. According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune, the Twins might not be able to afford both Pavano and Thome.

Last season, the two were bargains. Thome made $1.7 million and had 25 homers in the homer-averse Target Field. Pavano made $7 million last season, but earned that in today's market, going 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA.

The formerly small-market Twins have 11 players under contract at $78.725 million and then have six arbitration cases. The Star Tribune estimates those six players could raise payroll to "roughly $98 million" for 17 players. Even at league-minimum, the rest of the roster -- not including Thome or Pavano -- would easily push the payroll above $100 million. That crunch is why the team wasn't able to keep relievers Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain.

Pavano and Thome have stated they enjoyed playing in Minneapolis and would like to return, but this offseason seems to be putting a dollar amount on just how much that enjoyment of playing for the Twins is worth, and it may not be a small price.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb   on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: December 26, 2010 2:30 pm

Pavano still asking three years

PavanoCarl Pavano is still on the free-agent market, but that hasn't changed his demands.

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reveals that Pavano continues to ask for a three-year deal in light of such contemporaries as Ted Lilly receiving one as well.

As the last remaining starting pitcher on the free-agent market that could make an immediate impact, the market will heat up with the Twins remaining in the hunt along with the Nationals and Rangers. The Mariners could also contend for his services provided the club can free up money.

It's tough to see Pavano getting three years if he has yet to. He will likely have to settle for a two-year commitment with a possible vesting option for a third season.

-- Evan Brunell

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Blanton could be alternative to Pavano

Joe Blanton Joe Blanton is not a member of the Red Sox.

You may remember as part of the wake behind the signing of Cliff Lee, there was a report Blanton had been traded to Boston. He had not.

The Phillies are still looking at moving Blanton, who is due $8.5 million for each of the next two seasons. But Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com notes the Phillies may wait for Carl Pavano to sign before actively shopping Blanton.

For the Phillies, they could market Blanton as a less expensive, more durable, younger and unmustached version of Pavano. The Twins will likely sign Pavano, while the Nationals have also had a lot of interest in him (the Brewers did, but they kinda filled that spot in their rotation.)

The Phillies won't be asking for much in return for Blanton, just the salary relief.

Blanton was 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA for the Phillies last season and at 30, has started at least 29 games in each of his six full seasons.

Pavano has gone 31-23 with a 4.39 ERA in the last two seasons for the Indians and Twins after starting just 26 games for the Yankees from 2005-2008 after signing a big contract with New York.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:48 pm

Report: Cubs, Rangers top Webb's list

Apparently Brandon Webb likes red, white and blue, because a source tells MLB.com's Bill Ladson that the Cubs and Rangers are the front-runners for former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The Nationals also fit the patriotic bill, but they apparently have fallen back in the running for the former Diamondback.

The Nationals have been clear about wanting a top-shelf pitcher, but might be focusing on Carl Pavano. Washington also is looking for a first baseman, and is thought to be in the market for Derrek Lee. After the Jayson Werth signing, there's going to be only so much the Nats can do financially.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb   on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:48 am

Yankees unlikely to trade for pitching

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't thrilled about the prospect of heading into the season with two unproven starters. But he's not thrilled with the alternatives, either.

"Could I go out and get a starter? Yes, I could. But there's just not much out there," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "I have March, April, May, June and July, really, to come up with someone."

The only top-tier starter left on the free agent market is Carl Pavano, but there's zero chance he returns to the Bronx. Andy Pettitte is still undecided on retirement, and Cashman said he's "not waiting for him."

So at the moment, the Yankees' rotation includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and some combination of prospects. Ivan Nova seems likeliest to get a spot, but he's the only option with any big-league experience. Still, Cashman isn't panicking, and said he's not planning on trading away top catching prospect Jesus Montero for pitching.

"There's just nobody out there I would consider trading Montero for," he said. "In the past, we might have gone out and traded away prospects just to get someone in here. But realistically, I have until July to get this solved."

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb   on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: December 19, 2010 5:47 pm

Top 5 remaining pitchers available

Now that Zack Greinke is in the Brew City, where does that leave teams seeking an arm?

Options are dwindling fast, which will be to the benefit to free-agent pitchers or teams with pitching to deal.

With that in mind, here are the five best options left on the market. This does not include pitchers that may be available but have not been reported to be such and also does not include Andy Pettitte, who will either return to the Yankees or retire.

Rank Who Why
Matt Garza
Garza is actually not as good as his career ERA (3.97) might indicate thanks to a 4.45 xFIP, but the 27-year-old has age and contract on his side, with three years of arbitration eligibility left. He has topped 200 innings the last two years and could blossom in the NL Central. The Rays need salary relief, but would probably prefer to deal Shields (No. 5 on this list) instead. The Rangers figure to be the top bidder for his services, but he has been most closely linked to the Cubs.
Ricky Nolasco
Contract extension talks have broken down between the Fish and Nolasco, so the club has been fielding calls on the right-hander. While Florida has reportedly planned to retain Nolasco through the next two seasons regardless, the club would move Nolasco in the right deal. He would likely cost more than Garza to get a deal done, but his unlucky streak of ball the last three years may chill offers enough that he remains in Florida.
3 Blanton
Joe Blanton
Why Blanton over Carl Pavano, No. 4 on the list? Simple: Pavano is seeking three years and $36 million, while Blanton is due $17 million over the next two years and Philadelphia will likely eat part of his deal to trade him. Meanwhile, Blanton's xFIP over the last two years is similar to Pavano's, and Blanton edges Pavano in age. As a back-of-the-rotation innings eater who keeps teams in games, Blanton's pretty snazzy.
4 Pavano
Carl Pavano
That's not to say that Pavano isn't valuable. The best free-agent starter left on the market (and the only free agent on the list, which speaks volumes), has returned to his innings-chomping ways and hurled 221 frames in 2010. He should be good for an ERA around 4.00 the next couple of years and would do well near the top of a rotation, but he's not an ace. The Twins remain the favorites for his services.
5 Shields
James Shields
Shields actually may be a better pitcher than Garza despite his 5.18 ERA. His xFIP was 3.72, a career-low and has a better track record when it comes to durability. However, that ERA will scare off suitors as well. He has one year of a guaranteed salary remaining, but three club options at escalating prices that could drop him behind Garza in contract status.

-- Evan Brunell

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb  on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com