"Paving" the Way: Is Carl Pavano the Answer for the New York Yankees?

Shanan H.Analyst INovember 29, 2008

Carl Pavano pitched only a couple of games in 2008, and he has been injured basically since he was signed. 

Should he be re-signed?

C.C. Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, Ben Sheets, and Joba Chamberlain could be at the top of a Yankee rotation, and looking at that, the Yankees need a No. 5 pitcher. 

The Yankees have shown interest in possibly re-signing Pettitte, but why re-sign him? He's old, and who knows how healthy he'll be next year? 

Derek Lowe is another person that the Yankees have expressed interest in signing.  He may be old, but he went 14-11 last year with a 3.24 ERA.  In the past five years, he has averaged 207 innings a year, which is very solid for a No. 5 pitcher. 

He is, however, 35.

Pedro Martinez is a great pitcher, but I just can't see him on the Yankees. Fans treated him awfully during the 2004 ALCS, and I can't see him getting over that and pitching to his full potential.

The Houston Astros have slowed talks on a very good young lefty, Randy Wolf.  He is a great option for the Yankees.  However, there is a downside.  He has no playoff experience.  He may get the Yankees to the playoffs, but he may not perform during the playoffs.

The Yankees could use Phil Hughes or another minor leaguer.  After their performances last year, a mid-year call-up may be in store, but they shouldn't have a spot in the rotation.

The last option: sign Carl Pavano.  He is relatively young, at 32, and has playoff experience.  In his three full years with the Fish, he had an ERA of 4.02. 

However, he obviously has health issues, after missing two full seasons with the Yankees.  If the Yankees offer him a contract, it will be for a lot of money, as he already declined the Yanks' club offer.

Can Pavano be trusted?