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