The anatomy of a lopsided trade

It’s one year to the day that the Minnesota Twins got Carl Pavano in a trade from the Cleveland Indians. And let’s face it, if Twins GM Bill Smith applies for another big league job, this trade will be at the top of his resume.

On Aug. 7, 2009, the Twins acquired Pavano in exchange for minor league pitcher Yohan Pino.

This is what Pavano has done since the trade: 35 starts, 19-11 record, 3.70 ERA.

And the most important stat might be this: Pavano’s average start in that span has lasted 6 2/3 innings.

The guy has been a workhorse since coming over. And considering Pino boasts a 5.87 ERA in 20 starts for Cleveland’s Triple-A team, this was a fleece job.

But the net worth from the Pavano trade doesn’t stop there. The right-hander is a free agent after the season, and it seems unlikely the Twins would retain him (though others may disagree).

Pavano remains in very good position to net the Twins a first-round pick and a compensatory pick should they offer him arbitration after the season and he chooses not to accept. 

Quite a haul for a struggling minor leaguer.