Last night at midnight eastern was the deadline for players to accept or decline arbitration. Carl Pavano took his sweet time, and acceptedlate last night. I think this is a good thing for the Twins. I was afraid they would foolishly give him the multi-year deal he was looking for. However, but accepting arbitration, we now know that nobody wanted to give Pavano more than a one year deal. Prior to 09, Pavano pitched just 145 innings over the course of his stay in the Bronx. He will need to have a second consecutive 200 ip season to prove he is worth anything more than a one year deal. I obviously hope he does that for the Twins in 2010.
We now have 4 of our 5 rotation spots filled. With Baker, Slowey, and Blackburn taking the other three. The fifth spot in the rotation will most likely be fought over by Liriano, Duensing, Swarzak, Manship, and Perkins. I hope Smith tries to trade the last one, as it seems Perkins and Management aren’t getting along. At this point Perkins is the definition of expendable. We have 4 back of the rotation guys who have major league experience (3 if you think Liriano is a bullpen arm and nothing more). We don’t need all four of them. If someone is willing to give us much of anything for Perkins I say we do it. Ideally we get some pieces that fill a hole, but the best move now is to just clear out the logjam at the back of the rotation and amongst middle relievers.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to have Pavano back? Who should take the fifth spot in the rotation? What should we do with Perkins?38 comments