By La Velle
Barring a last-minute change of mind righthander Carl Pavano will inform the Twins tonight that he is accepting the Twins’ offer of arbitration, according to a source familiar with negotiations.
It’s official: Pavano has accepted arbitration from the Twins.
Pavano, 33, had drawn interest from a handful of teams and had hoped to receive some multi-year offers but, at the worst, will end up with the Twins on a one-year deal. The sides are expected to try to reach agreement on a contract to avoid arbitration.
It means that four-fifths of the Twins’ 2010 rotation is pretty much set in stone. Pavano will join righthanders Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey in the rotation.
There will be plenty of competition for the fifth spot in the rotation between lefthanders Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing and Francisco Liriano and righthanders Boof Bonser, Anthony Swarzak and Jeff Manship. Some of those pitchers, of course, have more realistic chances than others,