Minnesota Twins Looking to Re-Sign Carl Pavano

Matt Busch@immortalspcastCorrespondent IIIDecember 8, 2010

Will Pavano be back in Minnesota in 2011?
Will Pavano be back in Minnesota in 2011?Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

According to ESPN.com, the Minnesota Twins are making a "serious push" to re-sign Carl Pavano.

Pavano has spent the last year-and-a-half in the Twin Cities after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians in 2009.

Last season Pavano stepped up as a top-of-the-rotation starter for the Twins, going 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA.

Pavano has drawn interest from other teams besides the Twins this offseason, including the Washington Nationals and the Florida Marlins.

Pavano, a Type-A free agent, declined arbitration from the Twins and would give them two compensation draft picks in the 2011 MLB draft should he depart.

It comes as something of a surprise that the Twins are such heavy players in re-signing Pavano. They already have Liriano, Baker, Blackburn, Slowey and Duensing under contract for next season. The Twins also have Kyle Gibson waiting in the minors for an opportunity.

Pavano should be able to demand close to $10 million per season on his new contract. What may be a sticking point for the Twins is the third year that Pavano wants. If Pavano is willing to accept a two-year deal, the Twins should pull the trigger.

This signing may allow them to package a couple of their other starters, and possibly make a bigger splash with a trade. Zack Greinke is a possibility—though not a likely one, as Kansas City is unlikely to trade within the division.

The Twins may be feeling pressure to bring back Pavano after the big splashes already made by the Chicago White Sox (Adam Dunn, re-signing Paul Konerko) and the Detroit Tigers (Victor Martinez).