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Carl Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract

Dec 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

Carl Pavano and his agent smartly let Cliff Lee sign before making their move, setting him up as the top free agent starter on the market. However, that took place two weeks ago and Pavano still hasn’t made a decision despite interest from multiple teams.

Minnesota and Washington (and previously Milwaukee) have been linked to Pavano, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe adds Texas and Seattle to the list. Presumably any team seriously interested in Pavano has offered him a two-year deal, but according to Cafardo he’s holding out for a three-year contract.

Pavano hasn’t missed a start in two seasons and went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and fantastic 117/37 K/BB ratio in 221 innings for the Twins this year, but at age 35 and with his extensive injury history a three-year commitment would be an extremely risky move by a team truly desperate for rotation help. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone caves.

  1. felser - Dec 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    They can get Joe Blanton for 2/$17. I really don’t see the Phillies needing to eat salary on Blanton when they trade him.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    He’s worth 3/$21, but he certainly shouldn’t hit $30 million. 2 good years don’t make up for 4 awful ones entirely, Carl.

  3. pisano - Dec 27, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Take a two year contract if someone will give it to you, after all you never know when that ass muscle will act up.

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