By La Velle
Tom O’Connell, the agent for righthander Carl Pavano, met with the Twins last night and will meet with them again tonight as the sides try to reach agreement on a contract.
Pavano has until 11 p.m. to accept or reject the Twins’ offer of arbitration. If he accepts, the sides will continue to negotiate on what will likely be a one-year deal. And the Twins would have four-fifths of their rotation figured out.
If he rejects arbitration, the Twins would be among several teams pursuing Pavano. Word is that five teams have expressed interest in the righthander, with one of them probably Cleveland, where Pavano pitched before being traded to the Twins in August.
The sense I get is that O’Connell has been trying to find a two-year deal for his client but teams might not be willing to go that far with a pitcher who was broken down for four seasons before pitching 200 innings, including the playoffs, last season.
If there’s not two-year deal out there, Pavano might accept arbitration.
Heard from a N.L. scout that shortstop J.J. Hardy’s range has slipped a little. That’s not good news for a team that’s looking for stability there. The scout also said that Hardy has struggled against breaking stuff.
Former Twins minor league Saul Rivera has been released by the Nationals.
Another former Twin Jacque Jones, is expected to arrive here so he can meet with teams. Jones is trying to return to the majors after not playing in the majors all of last year.
BTW, there’s another deadline to watch out for. The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players is 11 p.m. Saturday. What’s with these late night deadlines?