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.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.