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Carl Pavano’s “decision expected Monday or Tuesday”

Jan 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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General manager Bill Smith said this afternoon that re-signing Jim Thome won’t keep the Twins from also bringing back Carl Pavano, telling Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We’re very optimistic, very hopeful of bringing Carl Pavano back to this ball club.”

Christensen reports that Pavano “is taking the weekend to think about the Twins’ final offer, with a decision expected Monday or Tuesday.”

And in the meantime Thome plans to do some recruiting to help convince Pavano to re-sign.

Minnesota’s competition for Pavano is unclear, as Washington general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed the Nationals’ interest and the Brewers dropped out of the running after trading for Zack Greinke. Pavano can surely get a one-year deal from several teams, but the Twins may be the only team–or at least the only contending team–offering him a two-year contract. He’s been the top free agent starting pitcher on the market since Cliff Lee signed in mid-December.

  1. BC - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Fear the Pavanostache.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Dude looks kinda like Mario in that picture, doesn’t he?

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Breaking news: Andy Pettitte was seen peering out the living room curtains at the reporters on his lawn…and then went to take a nap.

  3. saltmanz - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I can see it now: Thome and two other twins players jump on an airplane to go convince to Pavano to come back…

  4. Chris K - Jan 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I can’t wait for the hour-long TV special

  5. yankeesfanlen - Jan 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Suppose we just sign him. Small potatoes, he can do some good now, use him for two.

    • dluxxx - Jan 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      Do you really think he’d WANT to go back to NY? I’m pretty sure that was one of the worst experiences in his life.

    • bigharold - Jan 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      Cashman just might have gotten away with resigning Pavano, .. just maybe.

      That windows slammed shut after he brought Vasquez back and it blew up in his face. If he brought Pavano back now the how howling and chatter it’d set off would cause tornadoes from Baltimore and to Boston. Anything short of 18-2 would get him fired.

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