I’m the first to admit that I’m stunned how well Carl Pavano has pitched for the Minnesota Twins this season.
The Twins did the right thing in offering him arbitration this past offseason, and Pavano – considering the free-agent market – did the right thing in taking it.
Sporting an epic mustache, Pavano this year has been that steady veteran presence in an otherwise turbulent Twins rotation. He’s gone 9-6 in 15 starts, posting a 3.33 ERA and a .239 opponents’ batting average.
Twins GM Bill Smith probably doesn’t get enough credit for how well last summer’s trade with Cleveland has worked out. The Twins got Pavano from the Indians in exchange for minor league pitcher Yohan Pino. Forget about the Johan trade. It’s the Yohan trade we’re talking about.
Pino, by the way, has a 5.49 ERA in 15 starts for Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus.
But it doesn’t stop there with Pavano, who helped pitch the team to the AL Central title last year.
Pavano is now on pace to be a Type A free agent after the season, according to projections made available by MLBtraderumors.com.
That means his departure after the season would give the Twins a compensatory first-round pick plus the first-round pick of whatever team signs him.
Not a bad haul for Yohan Pino. It might be a better haul for Yohan than it was for Johan.