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The Nationals are still in the mix for Carl Pavano

Dec 20, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

Carl Pavano pitching

The Cubs and Rangers may have jumped ahead of the Nationals for Brandon Webb, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the club remains interested in Carl Pavano.

Pavano, who turns 35 in January, is considered by many to be the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market. He went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and 117/37 K/BB ratio over 32 starts with the Twins this past season, topping 200 innings for the first time since he won 18 games in 2004.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com opined yesterday that the Twins regained some leverage in their efforts to re-sign Pavano after Zack Greinke was traded to the Brewers (a potential suitor), but it won’t be so easy as long as teams like the Nationals and Rangers are still looking for pitching. In fact, Ladson hears from a source that the Nats spoke with Pavano’s people just yesterday.

There has been a reluctance among teams to give Pavano more than two years thus far, and that makes sense given his injury history, but the first team willing to go three years at over $10 million per season will probably get him. As we have already learned this winter, don’t sleep on those Nats.

  1. pisano - Dec 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    With the lack of post on this subject it appears no one is interested in Pavano.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    I’d be okay with the Twins bringing him back, but I’d hate to commit three guaranteed years to a guy who is on the wrong-side of 35 and has such a spotty history of staying healthy. Maybe two guaranteed years and a vesting option with some serious incentives.

    By the time the contract ends, Kyle Gibson and Alex Wimmers should be well-established at/near the front of the rotation.

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