Via George King -
Carl “American Idle” Pavano is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium – unless another team wants him.
The Post has learned Pavano was put on waivers within the last 24 hours and available to be claimed and then traded if the Yankees find a match.
They would be wise to see what they could get for Pavano before he leaves via free agency when the Yankees don’t pick up a $13 million option.
With John Maine a strong possibility to be done for the season because of a shoulder problem, the Mets might be interested in Pavano if the Yankees agree to pick up some of the $3.78 million left on the contract. There is approximately $1.83 million remaining this year and a $1.95 million buyout on his contract.
With the Yankees needing starting pitching, there would be no way that they would try and trade Pavano, now, if the front office thought they had a prayer of making the post-season. (By the way, this is a smart move – if they can manage to get a prospect for Pavano at this point.)
Related, just about this time of the season is when the Yankees would send out invoices for post-season tickets to season ticket holders. Well, unless my postal carrier delivers something in the next day or two, it looks like that’s not happening this year. Just another sign that the Yankees front office feels there’s no chance of October baseball this year in the Bronx.