• Pavano Wants Out

    Posted by on November 18th, 2005 · Comments (15)

    From the Star Ledger:

    Right-hander Carl Pavano, who signed a four-year contract with the Yankees a year ago, has been telling friends he wants out.

    A person who spoke with Pavano late in the 2005 season said Pavano was “miserable” with the Yankees and that he would like the team to try to trade him this winter. He has not yet asked the Yankees to trade him, and he might not make the request formal, but he might not have to.

    A baseball official familiar with the Yankees’ off-season plans said the team would listen to offers for Pavano and would consider dealing him if presented with a good enough trade offer. The official also said, however, that it was “not a front-burner issue.”

    Pavano recently parted ways with agent Scott Shapiro, who negotiated his $39.95 million deal with the Yankees last winter. Pavano has not yet settled on a new agent, but once he does, he plans to ask his new agent to see if he can facilitate a trade.

    The Detroit Tigers, who attempted to sign Pavano last year, are a possible trading partner, since they seem to have money to spend. But the Tigers are more interested in trying to trade for Arizona right-hander (and former Yankee) Javier Vazquez if they can. Other possible landing spots for Pavano include Seattle, which also pursued him last winter, and the Florida Marlins, his former employer. The Marlins, however, are cutting payroll and would need the Yankees to pick up a huge portion of Pavano’s contract if they were to acquire him.

    Looks like the stories last summer were true. This explains the Washburn rumors.

    Pavano’s not that good anyway. By now, it’s obvious – it was a dumb signing. Get rid of him – the faster the better.

    Comments on Pavano Wants Out

    1. Jason O.
      November 18th, 2005 | 11:47 am

      Hmm, who could play CF currently on the Seattle roster?

    2. Jason O.
      November 18th, 2005 | 11:48 am

      Who could call off the LF in his native language??

    3. MJ
      November 18th, 2005 | 11:55 am

      Love the way you’re thinking Jason. I doubt it’ll happen since M’s ownership is Japanese and they love their lone star out there. There’s no other reason to be an M’s fan except for Ichiro.

      Does anyone know why Pavano’s so miserable and wants out? Did something happen? I’m very curious. Besides the money, there must’ve been some reason why he picked the Yanks over Boston so I want to know what could’ve soured him so quickly?

    4. November 18th, 2005 | 12:01 pm

      Maybe having Mommy and Daddy so close is too much for party boy Carl? Just a guess.

    5. Jason O.
      November 18th, 2005 | 12:27 pm

      LOL, SL.

      The Yanks snagging him is a longshot of course…but wouldn’t it be worth the $$ involved to hear the teeth gnashing from the rest of the division? (And one team’s fan base in particular)

      Ah, his-makes-it-look-easy caliber wheels tracking down flyballs, plus just think about this for a second:

      “I’m all in” Alex
      Who Cares?
      Who Cares?

      Show me the magic, Cashman!!!

    6. Raf
      November 18th, 2005 | 12:33 pm

      Well, if they could somehow unload Pavano and get a CF’er in return, I hope they’re able to do it. No matter which way they turn, they’re going to have to eat a chunk of that contract. We like to call that “addition by subtaction”

      Do it!

      MJ: Chances are he’s miserable because you can’t suck and get away with it in NY. It could be like the Klein situation in Bal’mer; just becuase a team throws the most $$ at you doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best fit for whatever reason. Some of these ballplayers need to think for themselves before listening to their agents. By the time they reach free agency, in theory they should be set for life. So it shouldn’t have to be about the $$. It should be about what team provides you the best chance of winning, or the team that will do the best for your family, or whatever criteria you specify.

    7. rbj
      November 18th, 2005 | 12:56 pm

      Pavano to Detroit for Logan (I can’t see the Tigers parting with Granderson) and 1-2 bullpen arms.

    8. DFLNJ
      November 18th, 2005 | 12:57 pm

      Trading for Ichiro doesn’t even work when I try to do it on Playstation. If Cashman could make this work, they should build him a monument in center field.

    9. Luca Brasi
      November 18th, 2005 | 1:30 pm

      I’d be happy with getting Jeremy Reed.

    10. November 18th, 2005 | 1:39 pm


    11. November 18th, 2005 | 2:26 pm

      I really like Reed, especially considering that he’s young and hits left-handed. I’m not sold on him as a CF, though.

      Still, I’d rather see him in center than Giles (for whom the team would almost certainly have to overpay) or Matsui.

      Ichiro would be great, but there’s no way M’s ownership is going to trade him to the Yankees and team him up with Matsui. The Yankees would be utterly unstoppable from a Japanese marketing perspective, and heck, they’re not doing that badly there now.

      I’d certainly be happy with Pavano for Reed. They’d get younger, they’d have a decent CF, and they’d be getting rid of an albatross.

      It’d be cool if they could launch Wright as well, but we’ll only have to put up with him for 2006 since he’s already spent enough time on the DL to void his third year.

    12. Shaun P.
      November 18th, 2005 | 5:42 pm

      Let’s be honest – Pavano right now is the 5th starter, behind Unit, Moose, Chacon, and Wang. I think he fits that role just fine. He might end up being the best 5th starter in all of baseball. But maybe that’s why he’s unhappy – not exactly a lot of glamour being the 5th starter, even in NY. Can’t imagine that’s what he thought he was signing up for last year.

    13. Raf
      November 19th, 2005 | 9:34 am

      Can’t imagine that’s what he thought he was signing up for last year.

      He never was an ace, and coming here he should’ve known that he was going to be at least a #3 starter. Based on his stats he’s deluding himself if he thinks he’s more than a #3 starter anywhere in MLB.

      Instead of going after Pavano or Wright, they should’ve kept Loaiza. Similar results at a fraction of the price.

    14. JohnnyC
      November 19th, 2005 | 12:09 pm

      Those “comments” from Pavano were from September I believe. I think it has something to do with his pitching coach allowing him to throw the most pitches in a game by an AL pitcher this past season (Mussina was #2)and having the temerity to publically criticize him for giving up a home run on a 2 strike pitch with a slider THAT HE TOLD HIM TO THROW just seconds before on a trip to the mound. Considering that this is November and Guidry’s the pitching coach not Mel, it’d behoove the beat writers to get some more “recent” information. Notwithstanding, I’m sure Torre will want his ass traded before Spring Training anyway so he can give his spot in the roatation to the human pin cushion, Jaret Wright…now that’s the kind of tough guy Torre likes…and he’s a veteran with post-season experience to boot. Whoop de doo!

    15. Raf
      November 19th, 2005 | 2:58 pm

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