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Carl Pavano spoke with the media yesterday.
Makes sense. Let's see if we can get Farsworth on that trolley.
How do we know whether he can pitch well enough to have a place in the rotation or on the trade block? Do three scoreless outings in Florida bring him North for an April start? Suppose he gets hit hard in his first start?
And what is this thing about Joe not calling him? How do the MGR know who be in his plans without speakin with the guy?
Didn't think much of the deal that brought him here. Not encouraged.
More dribble on the topic.
he's saying all the right things, now let's just see if he can make me look like nostradamus...
you've got to give the guy a chance. i'm sure he'll have a bump or two along the comeback trail, but throwing him under the bus before he suits up won't help.
"beef. it's what's for dinnah..."
He's certainly not better than Wang, Moose, or Pettitte. He may or may not be better than Kei Igawa. Then, there's Clemens. There's also Hughes, Sanchez, and Clippard. In fact, add Rasner and Karstens into that question. Is he better than any of those guys?
Clemens (No. Dumb question.)
Igawa (I say no, but it's probably close.)
Hughes (No way.)
Sanchez (Both have health questions, but Sanchez has better stuff.)
Clippard (No way to know.)
Rasner (Based on results, I'd prefer Rasner right now.)
Karstens (I think I'd take Pavano, but it could change.)
Looking at his performance in the NL is enough to tell me that he's league average at best, and below replacement at worst. Any of the above mentioned guys can do that for us. What happens to Pavano if he doesn't even make the rotation? Can he go to the pen? Is there a trade out there for him? Will he suddenly be "injured" again to escape the humiliation? He can work as hard as he wants, but he just might not be good enough in the first place.
Did the Yanks sign him because they wanted him, or was it to stop Boston from getting him?
That's a really big "if".
Pavano happened to be the biggest name available at the time and was coming off a lights out season. The Marlins championship team built quite a reputation for it's starting pitching based on a very small sample size. It now looks, some years later, as though the entire group simultaneously outperformed their expected levels and now have regressed to the mean. All the free agent money spent on them is coming back to haunt the buyers. Beckett, Pavano, AJ Burnett....
Considering the severity of Bobby's condition, this is a very good piece of news.
The Marlins ownership sucks, but their front office sure knows what they are doing.
I saw that the Dodgers signed your guy Tsao. Probably a very very good move for them. I wonder if they'll try to convert him to relief to save his arm, or if they plan to work him back into shape as a starter.
Curious if you've ever seen him pitch, and if so, do you think mechanics played any role in his arm trouble. Did starting and pitching later into games get him fatigued, and his mechanics broke down.....any insights?
I know you hoped he would sign with the Yankees, but a team with more room on the farm, and on the 40 man will give him a better chance at an impact.
no you're right, I wasn't thinking that...
I posted a lengthy conversation I had with Will Carroll over at Matsuzaka Watch in case anyone's interested. You can go there by typing:
Or, you can enter from the Canyon of Heroes front page, where I wrote a short blurb with a link.
They've been out of the rotation, hanging forgotten in the back of my closet for years -- but still sort of fit, and will eventually be back in style.
Carl Pavano, in all his double-breasted silk and wool refinement, finally comes off the paper-wrapped wire hanger next week. But have you seen the outrageous dry cleaning and storage bills for this league average garment?
Hope for the best, expect the worst, get something in between. I didn't like the signing, & I was hoping he would've been traded prior to the 06 season. I wasn't too happy about the Wright signing either. I thought they should've kept Loaiza instead of Wright. I thought they should've gone after Pedro harder. I thought they should've gone after Clement instead of Pavano.
That said, I hope Pavano comes back and has a good year.
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