Carl Pavano will not come into Minnesota and immediately fix the pitching woes. It was a great move by the Twins, but with the departure of Kevin Slowey and the ridiculously mediocre season of Francisco Liriano the starting rotation is still hurting. Pavano provides another veteran player on the roster, and a pitcher that's seen more than any Twin other than Joe Nathan.
Pavano has had a good season so far, posting a 9-8 record with the flailing Indians. The Twins acquired him on Friday for a player to be named later.
What I find the most interesting about this particular righty is his record against our AL Central rivals, the White Sox and Tigers. He is 5-1 this year against those teams. He's particularly good against the division-leading Tigers, posting a 1.93 ERA and a 3-0 record.
So what do I think? I think Pavano will add considerable depth to the rotation, but the fate of the team is not in his hands. With a potent offense backed by MVP-candidate Morneau and batting champion-candidate Mauer, the pressure will be on the Twins young starters to right the ship.
Scott Baker needs to return to form and Liriano and Perkins need to turn it around. That's the key this season. Pavano and Cabrera will do what they are being paid for. It's up to the young guys to lead the way for the Twins in 2009.