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    Twins pick up Pavano

    The Minnesota Twins acquired right-hander Carl Pavano from the Indians on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later. Pavano, 33, was 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA in 21 starts for Cleveland, allowing 150 hits with 23 walks and 88 strikeouts. He pitched six or more innings in 14 of his 21 starts and seven or more in seven of his starts.

    Hope this means Liriano is going to the pen.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    The 9-8 record doesn't necessarily concern me (he was with the Indians), but the 5.37 ERA does. I'd be happy if he gives a quality start every time out, but then it's up to the bullpen not to blow it...


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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Quote Originally Posted by GeronimusClone View Post
    The Minnesota Twins acquired right-hander Carl Pavano from the Indians on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later. Pavano, 33, was 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA in 21 starts for Cleveland, allowing 150 hits with 23 walks and 88 strikeouts. He pitched six or more innings in 14 of his 21 starts and seven or more in seven of his starts.

    Hope this means Liriano is going to the pen.

    Awesome news! Liriano in the pen should help his confidence and start turning things around. Now all we need is Pavano to win games.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    White Sox pick up Jake Peavy! Eat that GeronimusClone!!



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Just saw this over lunch on ESPN.

    Good move, last year they were worried about breaking Fransisco's confidence by putting him in the pen. I could care less, if being in the pen is somehow worse to him than his league leading 11 losses, deal with it.

    The rotation seemed more confident with an old vet in there last year. Hopefully Pavano can be more than an inning monster and still has a few quality starts in him.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    He's too old for what the Indians are trying to do. This should help out the Twins.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Hmmm......yeah - so basically, nothing has changed? My hopes for this year are slowly departing.

    Anyone know when Slowey will be back?


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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

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    Anyone know when Slowey will be back?
    Spring Training...hopefully



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Spring Training...hopefully
    Oh wow, I missed the boat on that one. I thought I heard Blyleven say he'd be back this year......ouch.


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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    He has a good history against both the Tigers and White Sox. It is not the greatest pickup in the history of baseball, but at this point, they really had nothing to lose, and who knows, he may actually do all right. His next scheduled start is Saturday.....hopefully Gardy starts him there instead of Perkins.

    Liriano's needs to probably work out of the bullpen. Supposedly, pitchers come back strongest their second year after a Tommy John operation, so maybe he will come back stronger next year. He is having to learn to pitch a new way, so that could take time. Slowey is out for the year, but will probably come back stronger next year. Blackburn looked good last night, but it was Cleveland, and he is still inconsistent. Perkins is a head case I think. Not sure about Baker. Again, he is just too inconsistent, although he has pitched better of late. He just can't seem to finish off a batter when he gets 2 strikes on him. Swarzak shows some promise, although the other teams may be figuring him out too. Next year could be interesting when they get back Bonser and Neshek.

    Hopefully, in the off-season they will address some more relief help, get Mauer to sign an extension, and pick up someone for second base.

    My 2 cents.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Ugh - Bonser is a guy I'm not looking forward to making room on the roster for. Neshek, on the other hand, will be a sight for sore eyes...


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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Ugh - Bonser is a guy I'm not looking forward to making room on the roster for. Neshek, on the other hand, will be a sight for sore eyes...
    Yeah, I know what you mean, but then maybe after the surgery he will come back better, who knows? I always want to give pitchers the benefit of the doubt when they are coming off injury. I don't think he can ever be a starter again, and I doubt the Twins would use him that way, but they might use him as long-relief, or as a player they can trade.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    It's sickening really - Bonser showed so much promise so early, and it never materialized.


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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Ugh - Bonser is a guy I'm not looking forward to making room on the roster for. Neshek, on the other hand, will be a sight for sore eyes...
    Bonser will probably have an uphill battle to get back to his prior performance level. If I recall, he had two problems to fix - rotator cuff and torn labram. Not many make it fully back from that combination. Jesse Crain had the same problem. Two years later he has regained his velocity, but still struggles with command.



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    Re: Twins pick up Pavano

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonecy View Post
    Oh wow, I missed the boat on that one. I thought I heard Blyleven say he'd be back this year......ouch.
    He was planning on it, but got shut down for the year after he felt pain during a rehab start.

    Personally, I'm pretty optimistic about the Pavano pickup. He showed definite promise early in the year for the tribe.



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