Now that Carl Pavano is nearing the end of the line at age 36 and coming off a season wrecked by shoulder problems he’s thinking a reunion with the Marlins might be a good idea.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Pavano’s agent “has reached out to the Marlins” and will meet with them at the winter meetings next week.
Pavano left the Marlins as a free agent following the 2004 season, signing with the Yankees. He’s spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Twins, but was limited to just 11 ineffective starts this year and was on the disabled list for the final four months.
Even if Pavano can convince the Marlins that he’s reasonably healthy his velocity and strikeout rate have fallen far enough that he’s little more than a potential fourth or fifth starter. For a cheap one-year deal or a minor-league contract a reunion could make sense, particularly since Pavano and new Marlins manager Mike Redmond played together in both Florida and Minnesota.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.