The Miami Marlins organization has taken its licks this off-season between trading star players to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar and other prospects and then flipping Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for more prospects. It seems like a never ending story with the Marlins and the team is definitely not done yet.
Between looking for a center fielder and more prospects, the Marlins find themselves in search of starting pitching to replace the starting pitching that the team traded away in November. Miami is looking to sign a flash from the past in 36-year-old right-handed pitcher, Carl Pavano.
Pavano played with the Marlins from 2002-2004 winning a World Series with the team in 2003 against the team he signed with in 2005, the New York Yankees. Pavano is coming off an 11-start season with the Minnesota Twins where he was 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA. He did belt out 17 wins with the team in 2010.
However, the Marlins have a catch in their interests. They only want Pavano if he signs for the $3 million salary plus incentives deal. If Pavano does not agree to it, which he probably won’t, the Marlins will not try to sign him.
However, Pavano is one of those low-risk type pitchers with a veteran attitude that teams look for toward the back end of the off-season. Pavano could be a target for another NL East team, the Philadelphia Phillies since they traded away Vance Worley for Ben Revere.