Is Free Agent Starter Carl Pavano Next on the Milwaukee Brewers Wish List?

J. BatovskyCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 07:  Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins throws a pitch against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the second inning of the baseball game  at Angel Field  on April 7, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirmed that the Brewers were one of the teams that met with Carl Pavano and his agent, Tom O'Connel, on Tuesday.

Melvin was rather tight lipped about the meeting saying, "I don't want to get into anything other than we met with him."

According to most, Pavano is considered the next best remaining free-agent starter after Cliff Lee and that's not saying much. This year's free-agent class is practically devoid of impact arms and probably the next best one, Jorge de la Rosa, has already re-signed with the Colorado Rockies.

If the Brewers are serious in their pursuit of Pavano, they will have competition. There have been multiple reports that the Minnesota Twins are making a strong push to re-sign the 34 year-old right-hander. There have also been reports that the Washington Nationals have serious interest as well. I would assume that their interest may diminish if they are able to pry Cliff Lee away from his other suitors.

Many believe that Pavano and his agent are seeking a three-year deal in the $30-$40 million range. For a pitcher with a lengthy injury history like Pavano's, the risk with that type of deal is enormous to a team like the Brewers.

The Brewers have been through this before. This stinks a bit like that massive failure that was Jeff Suppan. If Melvin is serious and spends that kind of money on Pavano, he needs to be prepared for the backlash he will receive from Brewer Nation.