The Nationals are still one of the primary suitors for Carl Pavano, a source tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com. The top free agent pitcher still on the market, Pavano figures to decide on a team after Christmas, according to Ladson.
Most recently, we heard that the Brewers, following their acquisition of Zack Greinke, were officially out of the running for Pavano's services. The Twins have long been considered a favorite to bring the 34-year-old back after his successful 2010 season in Minnesota. However, besides the Nationals, few other clubs have been seriously linked to Pavano in recent weeks.
When we asked last weekend where Pavano would sign, about 14% of over 11,000 MLBTR readers predicted that the right-hander would end up in Washington. If the Nats do land Pavano, it would be the second major free agent addition of their offseason. Their $126MM commitment to Jayson Werth and small deals for Rick Ankiel and Chien-Ming Wang place them second among baseball's spenders so far this winter.