MINNEAPOLIS – The waiting game for Twins fans may be nearing an end. It has been reported that the Minnesota Twins are “very close” to signing their ace Carl Pavano. The deal is expected to be finalized and announced by the end of the week, most likely Wednesday.
“I think we’re in the home stretch here,” said GM Bill Smith.
The deal is reportedly going to pay Pavano $8-$10 million over two years totaling out at about $20 million for the ace. This is a huge numerical decrease from the original expectation of $32-$36 million over 3 years.
This is extremely good news to hear for Twins fans in an offseason that has seen good news come sparingly. The Twins beat out the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves as suitors for Pavano who pitched a 3.75 ERA with a 17-11 record in 32 starts last season.
This means that the Twins rotation will remain the same as it was last year, which looked impressive over stretches. The bullpen took significant blows in free angency so it’s great the Twins were able to keep something the same. In all honesty the bullpen was the area that needed the most work anyways.
As prone as I am to criticizing the front office for not making the right moves, I can safely say this time around they are making all the right ones.