Twins Notes: Pavano, Thome, Capps

Let's take a look at some Twins-related items courtesy of's Kelly Thesier..

  • The Twins would still like to retain Carl Pavano after the hurler turned down arbitration from the club.  However, the big question is whether Minnesota is willing to meet Pavano's asking price.  It has been said that Pavano is after something similar to the three-year, $33MM deal Ted Lilly signed with the Dodgers.  The right-hander could be in line for a big payday as the events of this offseason have left him as the second best starter on the open market.
  • There's still no word on whether Jim Thome wants to return to baseball in 2011 for his 21st season in the majors.  However, the Twins continue to be interested in bringing the veteran slugger back.  In October, Thome said that he was leaning towards playing in 2011.
  • One reader asks Thesier if the club might non-tender Matt Capps in order to spend on a different reliever.  That won't be the case though as GM Bill Smith will definitely extend Capps an arbitration offer.  The 27-year-old gives the club insurance as a closing option in case Joe Nathan is not healthy at the start of the season.

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