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.

Comments (14)

  1. If Cashman can get Pavano to sign a lucrative one year deal instead of having to guarantee 2+ it would be a tremendous signing.

  2. It would be really funny, though.

  3. I would love to see it…Pavano getting rocked again and again and the Yankee fans losing their minds.

  4. It almost sounds as though you guys hate the Yankees.

  5. I don’t think there’s any way Pavano signs for one year.

    I still think Joe Blanton is as good an option as Pavano and shouldn’t cost them any more. He’s signed for two more seasons at $17-million, is younger than Pavano and the Phillies would likely give him away for a bag of Doritos. If you compare their numbers, Pavano and Blanton are scarily similar.

  6. @Dustin: This is true

  7. Maybe this would be new improved porn-stache Pavano? But, no, I can’t see the Yankees signing him. I don’t know if there’s any analogy I can make for this, it would just feel wrong. To quote George Bush “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, won’t get fooled again.”

  8. If Amaro was willing to move Blanton for a bag of Doritos it would have happened already. In fact, while it was likely just to keep his leverage up and trade value in tact, Amaro said just yesterday that he doesn’t feel comfortable trading him.

  9. Cashman even admitted Soriano was a bad signing. Wooow.

  10. its fun watching the yanks scramble. on a side note lind is top ranked dh on espn fantasy. interesting….

  11. Cashman said that? Nice.

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