Don't Be Fooled: The Carl Pavano Edition

Michael GanciCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 11: Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins delivers the ball against the New York Yankees in Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 11, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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There were few stories that were better to watch this year than Carl Pavano’s re-emergence into baseball. After winning just nine games from 2005-08, Pavano came back with a vengeance this season, winning 14 games for a Twins team that made a remarkable run to the playoffs. As good of a story as this has been, there is worry that comes out of this. I am afraid that Omar Minaya might try and sign Pavano to the Mets.

Anyone else see a problem with this? We all know that the guy has talent. Heck, the year before his career went into the crapper, he won 18 games and he was the king of the world, but everything crashed around him. He couldn’t stay healthy and he made the Yankees pay for their rather large investment. They got nothing in return, and I am afraid the same fate might be in store for the Mets if they make this epic mistake.

I understand the temptation, but we have to realize what happened last year. We had the core injured, and all of us loyal fans watched this team crumble like a Jenga tower. It was painful, and a guy like Pavano seems like a recipe for disaster.

One thing that makes my stomach turn is the concept of Yankee fans rubbing it in. Fresh off of their new World Series win, they would love nothing more than to stick it to us. They have felt the pain caused by Pavano.

The only thing they would like better than him landing with the Mets is if he signed to play on the Red Sox. If the Mets want a low risk high reward pitcher, a guy like Brad Penny or Rich Harden would make more sense.

Please, stay away from this guys. He has mistake written all over him.