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Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

Carl Pavano

This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.”

That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s latest report, which speculates that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is no longer aggressively pursuing Pavano.

Melvin told Haudricourt that he got in touch with Pavano’s agent yesterday, but “just to gauge interest.”

Pavano resurrected his career in Minnesota, going 22-15 with a 3.97 ERA in 44 starts for the Twins after coming over in a mid-2009 deal from the Indians, so it makes sense that he’d want to re-sign.

However, with the Brewers and Nationals also being linked often to Pavano–and the Rangers perhaps jumping into the bidding late after missing out on Lee–there was speculation that he could be in line for a three-year deal, which seemingly would have taken the Twins out of the mix. If instead he’s choosing between two-year offers, the Twins can indeed be viewed as front-runners.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Pavano stopped being a pathetic joke when he went to Minnesota. Stay there, Carl. Good boy.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Pavano knows that he belongs in a smaller city. He realizes that in a big market city, he tends to stink.

  3. ThatGuy - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    After being hated in NY, thought of as a punchline in Cleveland, then beloved in Minnesota(mostly because of his killer mustache) I think he would enjoy staying where he is loved.

  4. jhorton83 - Dec 14, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    He’d be very smart to stay in Minnesota. He’s actually found a place where he pitches well, the fans love him, and he can actually stay healthy. Pretty much the polar opposite of what happened to him in New York.

  5. wonkypenguin - Dec 14, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    We’ll keep him. He seems to enjoy being in Minnesota it’s a great market for him to flourish. The Brewers would be close to the same, but why not stay where someone gave you a chance?

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