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Carl Pavano “has reached out” to the Marlins

Nov 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Now that Carl Pavano is nearing the end of the line at age 36 and coming off a season wrecked by shoulder problems he’s thinking a reunion with the Marlins might be a good idea.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Pavano’s agent “has reached out to the Marlins” and will meet with them at the winter meetings next week.

Pavano left the Marlins as a free agent following the 2004 season, signing with the Yankees. He’s spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Twins, but was limited to just 11 ineffective starts this year and was on the disabled list for the final four months.

Even if Pavano can convince the Marlins that he’s reasonably healthy his velocity and strikeout rate have fallen far enough that he’s little more than a potential fourth or fifth starter. For a cheap one-year deal or a minor-league contract a reunion could make sense, particularly since Pavano and new Marlins manager Mike Redmond played together in both Florida and Minnesota.

  1. qcubed3 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I’m wondering if trying to land with the Marlins is just a roundabout way of trying to get yourself traded to a different team?

    The upside is, that just like prison, once you do your time, you’re out. The downside is, well, unlike prison’s downside, you get paid a boatload of money, but you still have to play for Jeffry Loria.

  2. pisano - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Hey Carl, whatever you do don’t call the Yankees, but maybe Boston will sign you, hell they’re interested in everyone else.

  3. nicosamuelson2 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Seems like he’s on the Disabled List a lot.

  4. schlom - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Pavano has possibly the greatest nickname of modern times: The American Idle

  5. kkolchak - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    As a baseball player, reaching out to the Marlins is a sure fire indicator that the end of your career is on the horizon.

    • Old Gator - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Yeah, it’s the pitcher’s equivalent to wanting to be someone’s platoon DH.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    once you start “reaching out” to teams you know its close to the end…but when you “reach out” to the Marlins its time to walk away now brother

    • Old Gator - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      How would you like to be adrift on Queequeg’s coffin for days, and see a ship on the horizon, and then, as it got closer, see a great big M on the mainsail in all the colors of a gonorrhea discharge? Would you wave or hunker down?

  7. JB (the original) - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    He’s just trying to create leverage to induce the Twins to give him a 2 year deal since he knows they’re on the ropes starting pitching-wise.

    • greatdayfortwo - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      I’m not so sure about that. Pavano knows his playing days may be over and that he will need to prove his shoulder has healed before anyone offers him a deal. The Twins have reportedly been in contact with about any free agent starting pitcher who will answer the phone and have the potential to move guys like Denard Span and Justin Morneau to fill one or more spots in the rotation.

      I think Pavano’s move here might be more about trying to move closer to his West Palm Beach home while lining up a deal to play on a team that is struggling to keep even their own players interested in wearing the jersey.

  8. willclarkgameface - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    This is good. His general mediocrity is a great no-trade clause.

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