Is Pavano coming to Cleveland?

Chris KreitzerSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2009
General Manager Mark Shapiro seems to be really pushing to complete his 2009 roster as Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are close to signing off injured Starting Pitcher Carl Pavano. This looks to be a reclamation project a la Kevin Milwood in 2005. Carl has only thrown 45 2/3 innings over the past 2 seasons and his last good season was in 200 (his free agent season). He was a complete bust in his 4 years as a New York Yankee, only pitching in 26 games over that time period. Pavano missed all of 2006 and has had a variety of injuries. This would be a low risk, high reward signing that Shapiro is notorious for. I say go for it Mark, it immediately makes the rotation stronger if he is just average. Pitching coach Carl Willis has worked well with our starting staff (2 Cy Youngs in 2 years) so that may attract Pavano to help revitalize his career. He also used to date Alyssa Milano, which is always a bonus
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