Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Yankees and Carl Pavano almost had a reunion this offseason.
(Insert outrage here)
Honestly, I can’t find myself too mad about this. Yeah, I know, we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t have a good beginning, middle, or end. But, that was in the past. Since then, Pavano’s thrown 420.1 innings of healthy ball. In that time span, he’s displayed great control (1.6 BB/9) and has kept a beyond solid 4.03 FIP. If his name wasn’t “Carl Pavano” we all would’ve been on board with signing this guy to be the fifth starter; he definitely passes the “Better-Than-Mitre” test, too.
Look, I know many of you are going to be pissed about this because of what happened in 2004-2008. But, honestly, I can’t find myself getting mad about this. I understand the bad taste many of you still have in your mouths, but as I Tweeted earlier, a GM’s gotta do what a GM’s gotta do. It would’ve been irresponsible for Yankee GM Brian Cashman to not at least look into the idea of re-acquiring Pavano.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that much. Pavano took a guaranteed second year to return to the Minnesota Twins. This more or less came out of no where, and it’s ending no where. Would I have loved Pavano coming back to the Yankees? Maybe not, but that would have more to do with the price–the MLBTR article indicated a high salary deal was discussed–rather than who the pitcher was.
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