With Andy Pettitte an unlikely option to at least start the season in the Yankees rotation, combined with the team’s inability to acquire any starting pitching this offseason, the Yankees have grown increasingly desperate to fill out their rotation with pitchers other than Sergio Mitre.
As desperate as it may seem to attempt to bring Joba Chamberlain back into the rotation, another desperate reunion option was considered by the Yankees front office. According to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, GM Brian Cashman told reporters in a press conference today that he had several discussions with Carl Pavano’s agent.
The same Carl Pavano who received $38 million over four years to pitch a grand total of 26 times in a Yankees uniform. Over those few appearances, Pavano made Sergio Mitre look good, putting up a 5.00 ERA, 1.455 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB and a -0.1 WAR, with batters combining for an .850 OPS against him.
While I’ll normally endorse sound baseball strategy, optics be damned, and Pavano is by far the best starting pitching option available on the market right now, if I were the New York Yankees GM, I would stay as far away from Pavano as I would Oliver Perez and the Ebola virus.