In the winter before the 2005 season, Carl Pavano met with at least a half a dozen teams as he shopped his services in a sort of Pavano Derby of sorts. As we all know, the Yankees were the unfortunate winners of that derby and the fans proceeded to suffer through four years of his “services”.
As it turns out, five years later the Twins might be the winners of the Pavano Derby as he has been just great for them, practically their ace.
Pavano’s numbers: 23 G, 14-7 record, 5 CG, 2 SO, 3.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP.
His ERA+ of 127 is actually better than all of the Yankees starters except CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. In fact, Pavano is on the mound tonight going for a tie in the AL with 15 wins. Wins doesn’t necessarily mean a whole lot, but in this case it shows that he’s displaying consistency that most Yankee fans never dreamed of.
I still wouldn’t offer him a contract longer than one-year. Although I certainly would hire his mustache as the team’s mascot.