Return to Florida Marlins in the Cards for Former Ace Carl Pavano

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent INovember 20, 2008

Former Florida Marlins starting pitcher Carl Pavano is interested in a return with the Marlins.

Marlins' GM Michael Hill met with Pavano's agent Tim O'Connell and it seems the Marlins may be close to signing the free agent. Pavano had a 33-23 record in two-plus seasons with the Marlins.

Pavano was a key part of the Florida Marlins' 2003 World Series run. The 32-year-old right-hander was first acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the Montreal Expos that sent away power hitter Cliff Floyd.

In the 2004, Pavano enjoyed a career year, winning an impressive 18 games and serving as the ace of a struggling Florida Marlins' pitching staff. Following the 2004 season, Pavano became a free agent and the New York Yankees had their checkbooks ready.

The Yankees signed Pavano to a four-year $39.5 million contract, but Pavano struggled to stay healthy and was often placed on injured reserve instead of the pitching mound.

The possible acquisition of the former Yankee would really go a long way in solidifying a young, talented, but inexperienced Marlins' pitching staff. The leadership of Pavano would definitely go a long way in giving younger pitchers Chris Volstad, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, and Ricky Nolasco more confidence.

Now that the free-agent signing period has started, the Marlins will be active in trying to acquire players that will bring leadership, talent, and confidence, and it seems Pavano can bring all that and more to the table.