Carl Pavano and the Mets have “mutual interest”

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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.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.