I’ll admit, I was stunned last night when I heard Mark Feinsand of the News had written a story about the idea of Carl Pavano remaining with the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the story is getting more bizarre by the minute. Pete Caldera of The Record reports on his blog that the Idle is in Florida training with Marty Miller. He’s the conditioning coach the Yankees fired when everybody blew out a hamstring in 2007.
Meanwhile, the Idle e-mailed Caldera and said, “Let’s hope I get to write a better chapter in pinstripes.”
Cashman has long been stubborn about Pavano, insisting that he isn’t a dog. But it’s one thing to defend a player you signed, it’s quite another to bring him back.
Here’s the biggest question: Does it make sense from a baseball standpoint? Pavano had a 5.77 ERA on his seven starts last season and put 55 runners on base in 34.1 innings. He has not pitched more than 100 innings since 2004 and was 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in 26 starts with the Yankees overall.
The Yankees can do better than that, can’t they?