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Brewers out on Pavano

The Brewers had been one of the teams showing interest in free agent right-hander Carl Pavano, but the weekend trade for Royals ace Zack Greinke means Milwaukee is out of that hunt. 

“I contacted his agent and told him we were no longer in,” general manager Doug Melvin said.
The Twins, Nationals and at least one other club have been in contact with Pavano and his agent, Tom O’Connell.  
So, you can safely pencil-in left-hander Chris Narveson for that No. 5 starter spot behind right-handers Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and lefty Randy Wolf. Greinke just met with reporters in the clubhouse at Miller Park, and I’ll pass along some of his comments shortly.
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Twins still hopeful for Pavano

Twins GM Bill Smith told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday that he’s still hopeful of re-signing free agent right-hander Carl Pavano, who, of course, is also on the Brewers’ radar. Smith told the newspaper that he’d like to re-sign both Pavano and first baseman/designated hitter Jim Thome, but that, “They have more to do with the ultimate decision than I do.”

So the market for Pavano continues to simmer. His agent, Tom O’Connell, told MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier on Tuesday that he was in no hurry. 
“We really don’t have a timetable for a decision right now,” O’Connell said. “Once we feel we’ve found the right situation, we’ll act accordingly, but we’re just going to continue to take our time.”
O’Connell wouldn’t say whether he had received any hard offers yet, and the Twins would not comment, either. Brewers GM Doug Melvin told reporters on Tuesday that he had yet to make a formal offer for Pavano. 
The Pioneer Press did an interesting bit of speculating about Pavano, who probably would like a deal similar to fellow 34-year-old Ted Lilly’s three-year, $33 million pact with the Dodgers. Because he has earned more than $50 million since 2005, the newspaper wondered aloud whether Pavano would base his choice on factors other than total dollars or term. On one hand, that would seem to favor the Twins because Pavano enjoyed pitching there in 2010. On the other hand, if there is some flexibility in the length of the contract, it could help the Brewers, who don’t want to go three years for Pavano.
Stay tuned.
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Three years for Pavano?

We heard during last week’s Winter Meetings that free agent Carl Pavano was looking for a contract in the neighborhood of fellow 34-year-old Ted Lilly’s three-year, $33 million deal with the Dodgers. FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal talked to one GM this week who said Pavano and agent Tom O’Connell are holding that line: They want three years, the GM told Rosenthal, with an average annual value in the $10-$11 million range. 

The Brewers do not want to guarantee more than two years. The same goes for the Nationals, according to Rosenthal, who wrote that the Rangers, still stinging from Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with Philadelphia, “are not on Pavano.” 
So, we’ll have to see whether Pavano’s most recent team, the Twins, are willing to go to three years to keep him. As for the Brewers, GM Doug Melvin told reporters yesterday that he spoke on Monday with O’Connell but had yet to extend an offer.
What do you think? Given the Brewers’ need for pitching, would you be willing to stretch to three years for someone like Pavano? If the answer is no, what’s your better option?
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Brewers have met with Pavano

The Brewers were one of the teams to meet in person Tuesday with free agent right-hander Carl Pavano, general manager Doug Melvin said.
The Twins are pushing to sign the 34-year-old, according to multiple reports, and the Nationals have also been linked. Pavano attended the Winter Meetings in person to join agent Tom O’Connell for meetings with clubs.
The Brewers are looking at the free agent market with a cautious eye and it remains to be seen whether the club gets deeper into talks with Pavano. But Milwaukee’s interest makes sense if you follow a line of thinking like this: 
– Melvin already made a splash by acquiring Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays but has been clear he wants at least one more starter. 
– Melvin is aiming higher than the list of pitchers coming off injuries, like Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis and Chris Young. That means he’s either pursuing pitchers via trades, or has softened his stance about trying to stay away from big-ticket free agents. 
– The Marcum deal aside, trade talks have been tough. Melvin knew going into the Winter Meetings that teams were placing a very high value on their young pitching, and this week has only reinforced that. 
– If the trade market isn’t there, and your own pitching prospects (Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta, Amaury Rivas) aren’t quite ready yet, you start looking at free agency. 
– If you’re a general manager looking at free agency and you don’t have nine figures to throw at Cliff Lee, you start looking at Pavano. 
Outside of Lee, Pavano is near the top of the list of free agent pitchers still available after going 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and seven complete games last season for the Twins. After a couple of injury-shortened years with the Yankees, he’s stayed healthy for two straight seasons with at least 199 innings. He turns 35 next month. 
The Twins are pushing hard to re-sign Pavano this week, according to multiple reports. The Nationals also have been linked to him. 
When Melvin was asked Monday about the Brewers’ potential interest, he declined to say. 
“I’d rather not get into that,” Melvin said. “I’ll leave that up to the rumors. When you get down to the end, you’re talking about certain people, and you don’t want to tip your hand about who you’re talking to.” 
What would it cost to sign Pavano? Consider three recent re-signings: Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa with the Rockies for two years and $21.5 million with a third-year option that could boost the value to $32.5 million. Ted Lilly (who, like Pavano, is 34) with the Dodgers for three years and $33 million. Bronson Arroyo with the Reds for three years and $35 million. 
Last year at the Winter Meetings, Melvin signed left-hander Randy Wolf for three years and $29.75 million.
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Thinking out loud about Pavano

The deeper we get into these Winter Meetings, the more it makes sense that the Brewers could be one of the teams showing interest in free agent right-hander Carl Pavano. I don’t know whether the Brewers were one of the four teams to meet in person with Pavano yesterday, but it would not surprise me. 
Here’s why:
– GM Doug Melvin already made a splash by acquiring Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays but has been clear he wants at least one more starter. 
– Melvin is aiming higher than the list of pitchers coming off injuries, like Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis and Chris Young. That means he’s either pursuing pitchers via trades, or has softened his stance about trying to stay away from big-ticket free agents.
– The Marcum deal aside, trade talks have been tough. Melvin knew going into the Winter Meetings that teams were placing a very high value on their young pitching, and this week has only reinforced that.
– If the trade market isn’t there, and your own pitching prospects (Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta, Amaury Rivas) aren’t quite ready yet, you start looking at free agency.
– If you’re a general manager looking at free agency and you don’t have nine figures to throw at Cliff Lee, you start looking at Pavano. 
Outside of Lee, Pavano is near the top of the list of free agent pitchers still available after going 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and seven complete games last season for the Twins. After a couple of injury-shortened years with the Yankees, he’s stayed healthy for two straight seasons with at least 199 innings. He turns 35 next month. 
The Twins are pushing hard to re-sign Pavano this week, according to multiple reports. The Nationals also have been linked to him.
When Melvin was asked Monday about the Brewers’ potential interest, he said this: 
“I’d rather not get into that,” Melvin said. “I’ll leave that up to the rumors. When you get down to the end, you’re talking about certain people, and you don’t want to tip your hand about who you’re talking to.”
What would it cost to sign Pavano? Consider three recent re-signings: Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa with the Rockies for two years and $21.5 million with a third-year option that could boost the value to $32.5 million. Ted Lilly (who, like Pavano, is 34) with the Dodgers for three years and $33 million. Bronson Arroyo with the Reds for three years and $35 million. 
Last year at the Winter Meetings, Melvin signed left-hander Randy Wolf for three years and $29.75 million.
Again, I don’t know whether the Brewers have met with O’Connell about Pavano. Just something to think about this afternoon…
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Agent says Pavano on Brewers' radar

Here’s another name for the long list of pitchers drawing interest from the Brewers this winter: Carl Pavano.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed the Brewers’ interest in the veteran right-hander on Monday after a chat with agent Tom O’Connell, who told the newspaper he has had informal chats with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

“He’s definitely on their radar,” O’Connell said, according to the report.

Melvin has said he’s open to all options as he looks to bolster a pitching staff that struggled mightily in 2009. The Brewers have been linked in various reports to John Lackey, Randy Wolf, Doug Davis, Jon Garland, Jarrod Washburn and Mark Mulder, among others. 

Lackey is the top available arm, and the pitching market could remain frozen until he settles on a home. O’Connell told the Journal Sentinel that he might not speak to Melvin again until the Dec. 7-10 Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. 

Pavano was 14-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 33 starts last season with the Indians and Twins and led the Majors in earned runs allowed, with 131. But he was durable, topping 30 starts for the first time since 2004, Pavano’s final season with the Florida Marlins before he signed a free agent contract with the Yankees.

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