Discussion: Carl Pavano

After the trade deadline, the Twins acquired Carl Pavano from the Indians to help bolster their rotation.  The 33-year-old was serviceable in Minnesota, posting a 4.64 ERA, 7.2 K/9 and an xFIP of 4.18.  Tomorrow night at the Metrodome, Pavano will take the mound as the Twins look to stay alive.

Pavano infamously pitched just 145.2 innings for the Yankees over the course of a four-year, $39.55MM pact signed in December of 2004.  During that time a litany of injuries (including a bruised buttocks) kept the righthander off the mound but in 2009 he recorded 199.1 IP in total.

Looking ahead to this winter, Pavano seems to be an attractive commodity in free agency once again.  It's no secret that the pool of free agent starters leaves much to be desired and that should mean a bump in pay for the Connecticut native.  One executive told Ken Rosenthal in September that Pavano could fetch a one-year deal worth as much as $7MM this offseason.

Where would you rank Pavano amongst the other available starters?  Would you dole out $5-7MM per season in a multi-year deal?  Let's hear your thoughts in the comments section.


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