Marlins don’t share Carl Pavano’s interest in a reunion

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Last week Carl Pavano expressed interest in a reunion with the Marlins, but apparently the feeling isn’t quite mutual.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post talked to a Marlins source who “didn’t seem enthusiastic about the team taking a chance on Pavano.”

And rightfully so, because Pavano is 37 years old and was a mess this year while trying to pitch through shoulder problems. He finally shut things down in early June and missed the final four months of the season.

Once the pitching market dries up Pavano might make sense for some teams on a minor-league or incentive-laden deal, but given his age, arm problems, and diminished velocity it’s tough to imagine any team wanting to commit to him in the Opening Day rotation.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.