Howard Sinker of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Carl Pavano has narrowed his selection down to two teams.
From all we hear, Carl Pavano now has to choose between two teams -- the Twins and Washington.
The hang-up is supposed to be that Pavano wants a three-year deal and teams are unwilling to go beyond two for a pitcher who will turn 35 in January and -- as much as Twins fans cherish the 17 victories in 2010 and his veteran presence -- still has a four-year black hole in his career from the Yankees contract. Any general manager who ignores that 145 innings-for-$39 million bust, regardless of what's happened since, is not exercising reasonable caution.
The solution is pretty obvious, a two-year deal with some kind of option for 2013.
I think Sinker is right. Unless Mike Rizzo gets another case of the crazies, and offers him a three year deal with a full no-trade clause,Pavano will likely sign a two year deal with a option for a third year. It seems like only a matter of time before he signs with the Twins. With Mauer, Morneau, and Lirano in tow, the Twins are legitimate contenders for a title. If that's not enough, Pavano doesn't want to leave. It just makes too much sense. The Nationals seem like nothing more than a pawn being used to drive up the price on the Twins. I wouldn't be surprised to see a deal done within the next week.