Thursday, September 25, 2008

Carl Pavano Era Comes to an End

Carl Pavano, New York YankeesFour years, 26 starts, nine wins... $39.95 million. Boy, $10 million a year doesn’t get what it used to.

Mercifully, the Carl Pavano Era came to a glorous end last night. For all intents and purposes, Pavano's tenure in pinstripes has come to an end. Let's recap "American Idle's" four-year run.

On December 20, 2004 the New York Yankees landed Carl Pavano, considered by many to be the cream of the free agent crop. As a 28-year-old, Pavano posted an 18-8 record and an ERA of 3.00. He had thrown 200+ innings in each of the previous two seasons.

Carl Pavano, New York Yankees - Broke BackSo when the Yankees landed Pavano, who according to rumors received bigger offers from Boston and Cincinnati, fans rejoiced. Pavano would join Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, and Kevin Brown in a rotation destined to restore order to a baseball world that had seen the Boston Red Sox capture its first World Series title in 86 years.

Carl Pavano, New York Yankees - Broke BackThings started well. Pavano opened the 2005 season with quality starts in seven of his first 10 appearances, compiling a 4-2 record and a 3.69 ERA. However, Pavano battled an injured right shoulder and made just 17 starts. He dinished 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA.

2006 was a total washout. Pavano began the season on the disabled list after bruising his buttocks in a spring training game. On August 15, he broke two ribs in an auto accident that he failed to report until August 28 when the Yankees informed him he'd be coming off the disabled list. He didn't appear in a major league game in 2006, making only a handful of minor league rehab starts.

Carl Pavano, New York Yankees - Called Out by MussinaDuring Spring Training '07, fellow starter Mike Mussina made headlines calling Pavano out. Mussina said that Pavano needed to prove he wanted to pitch for the Yankees. "It didn't look good from a player's and teammate's standpoint," Mussina said of Pavano's injuries. "Was everything just coincidence? Over and over again? I don't know." Joe Torre said Pavano needed to a "sizable" amount of work to repair his clubhouse image.

When Chien-Ming Wang injured his hamstring during spring training, Pavano started on Opening Day. On April 15, 2007, Pavano was placed on the 15-day DL with what was described as an "elbow strain". On May 23, 2007, it was reported that Pavano would opt for Tommy John surgery. He made a grand total of two starts.

Carl Pavano, New York Yankees - Returns to RotationIn December, the Yankees asked that Pavano accept a minor league contract to clear space on their 40-man roster. He declined. After receeding from the minds of most Yankees fans, Pavano made his first start of 2008 on August 23 against the Baltimore Orioles. Pavano went on to make eight starts during his swan song.

So Carl Pavano's career in pinstripes comes to an end. Next year, he'll be pitching for some team that gambles on an incentive-laden deal.

Carl Pavano... Thanks for the memories.


Anonymous said...

what a jerk.

watch him win 20 next year when he's pitching for a contract.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, he was quite the bust- his record this year is deceiving as his era was around FIVE point oh..
How much did each victory cost the yanks?