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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:14 PM

In addition to previous reports that the Twins had expressed interest in his return, Carl Pavano told Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi that he would love to pitch in Miami in 2013. It's possible that he has not been alerted to the recent roster-gutting or that his agent, Dave Pepe, is simply is trying to create a market for him.

Pavano, coming off bruised humerus bone in 2012 which decreased his velocity and his overall effectiveness, will be 37 years old in 2013. While he's thrown almost 200 in three consecutive seasons prior to 2012, it is uncertain if he will be able to recover and avoid the reality of time at his accelerated age. After all, his strikeout rate had dropped significantly since his return in 2009 as did his velocity.

But whatever. Twins need starting pitchers and if Pavano signs for peanuts, sure. What the hell, right?

#2 Shane Wahl

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:37 AM

Why on earth are the Twins interested?

#3 Top Gun

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:05 AM

Ya why? At best a short-term fix. We need some long-term help!

#4 Shane Wahl

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:11 AM

In general, the trend around here is cracking me up. Sign Liriano and re-sign Pavano. Also, bemoan the loss of Baker. It is as though people around here WANT to simply repeat 2012. Good god.

And then there is the fun addition of Chone Rivas, I mean Chone Figgins to the discussion.

You guys are supposedly only weeks away from your blueprints and this is what has become of that?

I wish Gleeman were around to consider Baker, Pavano, Liriano, and Figgins. That would be hilarious.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:20 AM

Ya why? At best a short-term fix. We need some long-term help!

#6 Top Gun

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:24 AM

I would go to a game to see Liriano K 15 or 20 batters but Pavano no way.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:52 AM

I swallowed hard when they signed him to a 2 year deal for 2011 & 2012 and was greatly relieved that there wasn't a 3rd year.

Now we're being asked to be sanguine about Pavano for another year (or God Forbid, 2)? Even at presumably significantly less money than his last contract, -- No, thanks.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

Why not? He is old and bad and hurt. There are three reasons. I'd they sign him, they are less likely to sign someone else. There are four. Need more?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:18 AM

I think it comes down to whether you want 5 starters in the rotation or if you just want to sign a bunch of guys to create some competition for starting pitching spots. This isn't 3B, we need legitimate starters. Guys that we can count on to take the ball every 5th day. Pavano isn't one of those guys. I liked him while he was here, but we need better in 2013.

The question remains, will TR find better in 2013. If he signs Pavano, he is going down the wrong path.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:44 AM

I want long-term solutions, too. So here are your options...
1. Pay a lot of money for a top-notch free agent...
2. Make a trade that gives up some valuable players/prospects.

I can see the Twins doing both - ONCE. After that, they still have two spots to fill. When I (and I assume others) say I'm not opposed to Pavano, it doesn't mean as the premier signing of the offseason. It means this rotation is gutted right now that having a guy that throws 200 IP at a league average ERA at the back end of our rotation would be a significant upgrade.

Look at it this way: Diamond (even according to Ryan) is a #3. I'd be thrilled with Pavano being the #4.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:45 AM

I'll add one more thought that might draw a reaction, but I'll stand by...I'd much rather the Twins sign Pavano for that #4 spot next year than sign Baker for that spot if they couldn't get an option year. Not to mention, I think he'll be half the price.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

I'll add one more thought that might draw a reaction, but I'll stand by...I'd much rather the Twins sign Pavano for that #4 spot next year than sign Baker for that spot if they couldn't get an option year. Not to mention, I think he'll be half the price.


Ooh, I don't know if I agree with that but I'm not in total disagreement, either. Here's how I view it.

1) If signing Baker doesn't prevent the team from picking up two more pitchers, one of them being a legitimate #2 in the rotation, they should have signed Baker without the option.

2) If signing Baker prevents the team from picking up two more pitchers, one of them being a legitimate #2, they were right on passing on Baker and Pavano is a fine third (but NOT second) acquisition for the rotation.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

I have an idea! Let's just sign all the guys that were on last year's 96 loss team!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:14 AM

If Pavano pitched to a league average ERA, I would be shocked. His ERA will be in the 5 range. I would rather Hendricks pitch, all year, and see if he can grow.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

If Pavano pitched to a league average ERA, I would be shocked. His ERA will be in the 5 range. I would rather Hendricks pitch, all year, and see if he can grow.


I don't foresee a 2013 season where pitchers are being held out of the rotation because it's too crowded.

#16 Shane Wahl

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

I have an idea! Let's just sign all the guys that were on last year's 96 loss team!


I know! Also, are people forgetting how bad he was when healthy last year? There is no "league average" ERA there and there sure as hell aren't going to be 200 innings!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

I'll add one more thought that might draw a reaction, but I'll stand by...I'd much rather the Twins sign Pavano for that #4 spot next year than sign Baker for that spot if they couldn't get an option year. Not to mention, I think he'll be half the price.


Baker signed for $5.5M. If Pavano is willing to sign for half that- at $2.75M- I think he knows, Ryan knows and the fans know, that he has no shot whatsover at getting close to 200 Innings or a League Average ERA for Marquis-level money.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:31 AM

I want long-term solutions, too. So here are your options...
1. Pay a lot of money for a top-notch free agent...
2. Make a trade that gives up some valuable players/prospects.

I can see the Twins doing both - ONCE. After that, they still have two spots to fill. When I (and I assume others) say I'm not opposed to Pavano, it doesn't mean as the premier signing of the offseason. It means this rotation is gutted right now that having a guy that throws 200 IP at a league average ERA at the back end of our rotation would be a significant upgrade.

Look at it this way: Diamond (even according to Ryan) is a #3. I'd be thrilled with Pavano being the #4.

I agree with you in principle, I just think the idea of Pavano throwing 200 innings with a league-average ERA is far-fetched. You're living in a 2010 mindset. He's 37 and he's been in steady decline the past two years. Not to mention that his injury issues this past season were characteristic of his track record, not some flukish exception. Even on a smallish one-year deal, I'd go another direction.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:11 PM

The thing is: If we are going to be with Liriano, Pavano, etc. and not sign a real improvement, why not keep going with Deduno, DeVries, Hendriks, etc. and save the money? I don't see any real difference in performance. Maybe Frankie can pitch a couple of good games, (althoughat the end of the year I bet you he will end up with an ERA north of 5, lots of walks, etc) but clearly Pavano is at the end of the rope.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:16 PM

This stuff needs to stop. If we sign Pavano or Liriano every twins fan should take that as a slap in the face and give them no support this year.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

Pavano? No.

Liriano as a gamble is a completely different animal, one well worth taking.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

Perhaps this "thread" exists because Pavano's agent is trying to build a market for his client. If this is real it signifies that there is no effort to actually make this team competively interesting (I don't even mean a challenger) for 2013 and calls into question if there is a short term plan other than to slash payroll ala Miami.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Say no to Pavano for a team rebuilding let's not waste a spot on him!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

I was car shopping this week... I was amazed how many different cars are selling like hotcakes.

I really really liked the new Dodge Dart and the sales guy says that those babies are humming. The entire town has come in to check them out... I can believe it... The Dart was damn nice but...
I'd be looking at an Impreza and the sales guy says he can't keep them in stock.
I'd be looking at a Civic and yep the sales guy says they are flying out the door.
Focus... Fiesta... Fusion... Impala... Accord... Jetta... Scion... all of them... In demand... Moving... Big time interest.

The Auto industry must be doing real well or these sales guys are less than honest and may be imbellishing the market a bit.

I could be looking at an AMC Pacer and the sales guy would tell me that he's had 5 people look at it this week. The AMC Pacer Sales guy is the same guy who represents Pavano.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

I highly doubt the Twins have any interest in bringing Pavano back. This is just agent talk trying to make teams think their client is desirable to teams.
All that has to be said about Pavano is that NO teams are willing to give him more than a minor league deal. Why else would he come out and say he would love to pitch for the MARLINS? Enough said...

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

...at his accelerated age.



While there are days that "accelerated" feels accurate, I think "advanced" is the word you're looking for. (At least I hope so. If it goes any faster...}

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

I want long-term solutions, too. So here are your options...
1. Pay a lot of money for a top-notch free agent...
2. Make a trade that gives up some valuable players/prospects.

I can see the Twins doing both - ONCE. After that, they still have two spots to fill. When I (and I assume others) say I'm not opposed to Pavano, it doesn't mean as the premier signing of the offseason. It means this rotation is gutted right now that having a guy that throws 200 IP at a league average ERA at the back end of our rotation would be a significant upgrade.

Look at it this way: Diamond (even according to Ryan) is a #3. I'd be thrilled with Pavano being the #4.


Here is my question, we need pitching for 2013, but dont we need it in 2014 and 2015 and?
If we were to sign sanchez at 16-17 million per year for 4 years and an option at 20 million for the 5th year ,Wouldnt that give the rotation and the kids some stability, the way radke did for all those years?