Sunday, December 9, 2007

Pavano will accept Minor League Assignment

"American Idle" Carl Pavano spoke to Brian Cashman on Friday at the Stadium and said he is going to accept a minor-league assignment after the Yankees release him from the final year of a disastrous four-year, $39.95 million contract.

Needing room on the 40-man roster so they can add Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees hatched the idea of cutting Pavano. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in early June and isn't expected to be ready to pitch until July at the earliest.

Under the release plan, Pavano would get the $11 million he is owed for the 2008 season and the $1.95 million buyout he would have coming to him, because the Yankees aren't going to pick up a $15 million option for 2009."

Source:New York Post

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------So Pavano could be a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Spare me, please. This is a good decision by Pavano though, he does get to rehab himself so he can try and get A contract the next year. By far a bigger dub than "The Fat Toad" Hideki Irabu...way to go Yankees on this one. I don't think anyone expected this, but you couldn't have expected that much out of Pavano from the beggining. He was pitching in the National League, and his numbers were nowhere near the salary that he was being paid.

So, I guess good for Pavano. Maybe if Pavano comes to Scranton at some point in this "rehab" experience, I'll have a change of thoughts on him, but having watched him last year on Opening Day, and I believe one other time...yes, I know, amazing, I actually saw him pitch, not many Yankee fans can say that...I don't see him doing much or providing much come August. And hell if I trust him pitching in the post season EVER.

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