One of the themes I’m planning to write about in my column for tomorrow is how, despite the move for Rafael Soriano, the Yankees still haven’t truly addressed their biggest need this offseason: Starting pitching.
For me, upgrading the bullpen – while always a positive for any team – wasn’t nearly as important as addressing their starters and when Cliff Lee turned down the Yankees they were left in a tough spot. The options below Lee were, to say the least, less-appealing.
Carl Pavano was on that list (he might have even been at the top of it) and so it wasn’t a total surprise to hear that GM Brian Cashman told reporters this morning that the Yankees had a few discussions with Pavano’s agent, Tom O’Connell. Could a remarriage with Pavano have worked here? I doubt it. I think Pavano is much better suited to a smaller market like Minnesota, though you certainly can’t fault Cashman for exploring it. If Andy Pettitte retires, the Yankees are staring at a pretty blank slate when it comes to the fourth and fifth starters – not exactly the scenario you want when spring training is a month away.
So, just for fun: Would you have been OK with a return to New York for Pavano? Or was his disaster here the last time just too much to ever overcome?
* That’s an AP shot of Pavano actually pitching in a game for the Yankees.