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Twins ReSign Pavano: 2 Years, $16.5 Million – SportsUntapped.com
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Added January 21st, 2011 by Chalk

Twins Re-Sign Pavano: 2 Years, $16.5 Million
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Carl Pavano pitched pretty well last year in his first full season with the Minnesota Twins, so the team is bringing him back on a two-year, $16.5 million contract. It’s the first multi-year deal Pavano’s signed since consumating an ill-fated four-year pact with the New York Yankees after the 2004 season. Last year, Pavano won 17 games for the Twins, eight more than he won in all four seasons with the Yankees.

Supposedly, the Yankees still offered Pavano a one-year, $10 million deal to make a heroic return to The Bronx, but Pavano didn’t bite. Twins manager Tom Gardenhire is happy to have Pavano back, and claims it’s an example of another player “choosing” to return to Minnesota — not just waiting and waiting to find that the Twins were the team willing to make the best offer. “He gave me an ulcer by not signing earlier,” said the Minnesota skipper. “As a manager, you’re proud of that because guys do want to play for you and guys do want to come back. That’s a tribute to the organization and the coaching staff and all the players that are here.”

Pavano said nice things about staying in Minnesota. “It’s important for me to feel like I’m part of something special, and that’s what we have here,” said Pavano. “At the end of the day this is where my heart was, and we were able to work out a deal I think was fair.”

Were the Twins nervous at all about giving Pavano a second year? If they were, they’re not admitting it. “He’s answered all the durability questions,” said Twins general manager Bill Smith. “He’s pitched 400-plus innings the past two years, plus playoffs. He’s been a leader in our clubhouse and a critical piece to our pitching staff. It was our hope and our target to bring him back.”

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