Carl Pavano tried to talk the Twins and Marlins into reunions, but they weren’t interested. So now he’s trying to go back to New York, with the Mets.
Pavano’s agent told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger that there’s “mutual interest” between the two sides, but so far talks are “very preliminary.”
Pavano’s velocity and strikeout rate have been dropping for a while now and he missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, throwing 63 innings with a ghastly 6.00 ERA before finally shutting things down.
At age 37 he might still have another season or two in him as a decent back-of-the-rotation starter, but even that’s far from a sure thing and it’s hard to imagine teams wanting to give him anything beyond a minor-league deal.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.