Pavano’s second pay day

He did it… Carl Pavano did it.
He got one big huge gigantic contract for more money than you and I will ever see with the $39 million heist from the Yankees.

And, after being declared dead from the neck up, got his act together and signed for another $16 million.

I wrote about it earlier, but Carl Pavano is indeed living the American dream.

OK, can he pull it off again.
Come back here in 2013 and let’s see if he gets a THIRD big contract.

It’s good to be Carl Pavano.

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The Yankees courted Carl Pavano? I am speechless

No… that isn’t a headline from The Onion.
The Yankees actually considered bringing back Carl Pavano. Even typing that sentence made me laugh.

This off season for the Yankees, which is been bizarre at best and disastrous at worst, almost entered the realm of the unthinkable.

Imagine me saying this to a Yankee fan right after their team lost the 2010 ALCS:

You aren’t going to get Cliff Lee…
nor Carl Crawford…
nor Zack Grienke…
you will bring back Derek Jeter but he will feel alienated…
you will bring back Mariano Rivera but only after HE called the Red Sox…
Andy Pettitte isn’t signed…
the one big pick up is Rafael Soriano who has had 2 elbow surgeries in the last 5 seasons and is a fly ball pitcher in a home run park…
BUT the good news is they might bring back Carl Pavano.

You might start making a noose.

Brian Cashman might have made a move that even the offices of Bialystock and Bloom would consider to be too self destructive.

Carl Pavano, the man who took Ed Whitson off the hook for most disastrous Yankee free agent signing in George Steinbrenner’s lifetime… the man who was openly mocked by not only the fans and media but HIS OWN TEAMMATES!… was on the Yankees radar.

And for $10 million?

I don’t care if it was for $10 a year for the next million years, that is insane. Did they learn NOTHING from the Javier Vazquez fiasco?

Last season I jokingly egged on Carl Pavano’s agent to call the Yankees and see if they were interested in having him come back.

In my tongue in cheek scenario, I had Brian Cashman hanging up the phone before Pavano’s agent was done with the pitch. Little did I know that reality would be so much MORE absurd!

Lisa Swan at Subway Squawkers as usual hit it on the head by saying this has to do with Cashman “who so apparently so wants to prove that Pavano wasn’t the worst free agent the Yankees ever signed that he’s willing to sign him again.”

This is insane.
What’s next?
Are the Chargers going to reacquire Ryan Leaf?
Is NBC going to return Leno to 10PM?
Will Garth Brooks record another Chris Gaines album?
Battlefield Earth 2?
How about the Knicks keeping Isiah Thomas on the payroll?

Wait, that last one is real?

OK. That’s messed up.

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Welcome to Texas, Adrian…

And we at the Rangers look forward to that one year you have when this contract expires that you will actually put up MVP caliber numbers and get your THIRD huge contract.

OK, that’s not totally fair. Adrian Beltre will probably fare well in a hitters ballpark and will play well for the Rangers. But am I the only one who thinks they could have used that money to keep Vlad Guerrero, keep Michael Young at third instead of moving him AGAIN, and sign Rafael Soriano to solidify the bullpen and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation?

The problem in Texas never seems to be “not enough offense.”
Granted, he will bring a great glove to Arlington and he was terrific for Boston his one year in Fenway.

But there is also the Carl Pavano effect.
Pavano has had two very good years in 13 seasons and will parlay that into over $70 million when it is all said and done.

Beltre? He too has had two elite seasons in 13 years.
He will parlay that into over $180 million when this latest contract is up.

Better swing a good bat, Adrian.
You can get a third big deal if you time it right.

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