Twins acquire pitcher Carl Pavano from Indians


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Craving help for their starting rotation, the Minnesota Twins have turned to Carl
The Twins agreed Friday to send the Cleveland Indians a player to be identified later in exchange for
Pavano, a one-time All-Star whose career derailed in New York during four injury-ruined seasons with the
"He’s certainly had a significant injury history over the last few years, but he has been healthy
this year," Minnesota general manager Bill Smith said from Detroit, where the Twins were scheduled
to play the first-place Tigers later Friday. "We’ve had good reports about him on and off the
field, and we’re hoping that he can provide some innings for us down the stretch."
The Twins began the day in third place in the AL Central, 4½ games behind the Tigers.
Francisco Liriano’s starting spot has been in question after another poor performance on Wednesday that
led to his 11th loss, tied for the most in the league. Pavano, given Torii Hunter’s old number 48, was
expected to join the team in Detroit. With an off day on Monday, the rotation for next week was not yet
Whenever he pitches, the 33-year-old Pavano will take the mound still trying to erase the embarrassment
of those four infamously bad years in New York.
After an All-Star, 18-win season for Florida in 2004, the right-hander signed a four-year contract worth
almost $40 million with the Yankees.
He won nine games during the entire length of that deal, making only 26 starts. Ridiculed often in city
tabloids and by the franchise’s proud fans, Pavano drew the ire of Yankees teammates, too. They
questioned his desire and work ethic during his time on the disabled list, and he even picked up the
derogatory nickname "American Idle."
Pavano mostly dealt with shoulder, back and elbow problems, but after signing an incentive-laden one-year
contract with Cleveland he has at least gotten his durability back. He has gone 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA in
21 starts for the Indians, giving up 150 hits and 23 walks with 88 strikeouts in 125-plus innings.
A handful of rough starts stand out on his game log, but in his most recent outing for Cleveland last
Sunday he gave up just one run in eight innings to beat the Tigers. Pavano has pitched six or more
innings in two-thirds of his appearances, and he hasn’t thrown this many innings since 2004.
"It’s kind of uncharted territory for him, but we’ll see how it plays out," Twins assistant
general manager Rob Antony said. "It’s no mystery that our starters have struggled. We think this
is an opportunity to add a guy who can hopefully help us out."
The Indians placed Pavano on waivers earlier in the week and the Twins claimed him. To make room for
Pavano, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was optioned to Triple-A. Also, pitcher Boof Bonser was transferred to
the 60-day disabled list.
Dickey did well in his long relief role until July. His ERA has soared from 2.36 to 4.62 over the last
five weeks.

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