If Healthy, Carl Pavano Wouldn’t Be A Bad Pickup

With spring training almost a month away, the Mets are running out of time to fill voids left in the outfield, bullpen and starting rotation.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reported this morning that the Mets and Carl Pavano are in preliminary discussions on a potential deal, and that the interest is mutual.

A lot of fans are probably not thrilled that the Mets are looking at the former Yankee to fill the void in the rotation. But by looking at his stats from the last several years, it seems like it might not be a bad idea.

From 2009 to 2011, Pavano was able to get his career back on track with the Twins and was able to pitch 200 innings or more each of those seasons. Most importantly, he stayed healthy.

That said, the 36 year old right-hander, is coming off an injury-shortened 2012 season with the Twins in which he posted a 6.00 ERA over 11 starts, totaling 63 innings. He suffered what was called a bone bruise on his right humerus bone and made his last appearance of the season on June 1.

He is believed to be healthy now, and even last year, he exhibited his trademark strong control and K/BB rate which has always made him appealing.

The Mets really need someone who can eat innings now that R.A. Dickey is gone.  Pavano can fill that role and perhaps be effective and dependable in pitching-friendly Citi Field.

Of course, like Chris Young before him, the only way I see him pitching in New York again is if he would be willing to accept an incentive-based deal.