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Pavano Wants Out of New York

Pitcher Carl Pavano, who turned down a deal from the Tigers last season, is desperately seeking to leave the Bronx Bombers this offseason. This could involve the Tigers, as they're interested and may perform a trade to acquire him:

Pavano recently parted ways with agent Scott Shapiro, who negotiated his $39.95 million deal with the Yankees last winter. Pavano has not yet settled on a new agent, but once he does, he plans to ask his new agent to see if he can facilitate a trade.

The Detroit Tigers, who attempted to sign Pavano last year, are a possible trading partner, since they seem to have money to spend. But the Tigers are more interested in trying to trade for Arizona right-hander (and former Yankee) Javier Vazquez if they can. Other possible landing spots for Pavano include Seattle, which also pursued him last winter, and the Florida Marlins, his former employer. The Marlins, however, are cutting payroll and would need the Yankees to pick up a huge portion of Pavano's contract if they were to acquire him.


Pavano started 17 games for the Yankees last season, having a 4-6 record with a 4.77 ERA. He was a major disappointment in New York last season considering what they were expecting, but a change of scenery (Detroit) may be what is best for him. For the Marlins in 2004, Pavano was consistently very good, sparking interest in him as a free agent last offseason.