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Twins save season, acquire Pavano

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The Twins have acquired starting pitcher Carl Pavano from Cleveland for a player to be named.

R.A. Dickey was optioned to Class AAA Rochester making room on the Twins’ 25-man roster, and Boof Bonser has been moved to the 60-day disabled list, clearing room on the 40-man roster.

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The Indians today traded righthander Carl Pavano to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named.

The Indians signed Pavano to a $1.5 million contract in January after he spent the previous four years with the New York Yankees.

Pavano leaves the Indians as their top winner with a 9-8 record. He made 21 starts and has a 5.37 ERA.

Pavano is the seventh big league player the Indians have traded since June 27. The others are pitchers Cliff Lee and Rafael Betancourt, catcher Victor Martinez, first baseman Ryan Garko, infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa, and outfielder Ben Francisco.

Pavano is 5-1 this season against Detroit (3-0) and Chicago (2-1), the two teams the Twins are trying to catch in the American League Central Division race.

Newly acquired righthander Justin Masterson will start for the Indians on Saturday against the White Sox and take Pavano's spot in the rotation. The Indians acquired Masterson from Boston last Friday in the Martinez trade.

The Indians will receive a player from the Twins on or before Sept.1.

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Pavano last pitched on Sunday, making him available for manager Ron Gardenhire to immediately inject him into the rotation.

He is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA against the Tigers this season.

Pavano has a one-year, $1.5 million contract, so with one-third of the season remaining, the Twins will be on the hook for about $500,000 of that. Pavano also has begun reaching incentives that pay him for his number of starts and innings pitched. Pavano has pitched six or more innings in 14 of his 21 starts.

Pavano, who made his major league debut with Montreal in 1998, was an All-Star with Florida in 2004, when he went 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA. That fall, he signed a four-year deal with the Yankees for just under $40 million, but he wound up winning just nine games over the length of that contract, missing the 2006 season with injuries. Pavano signed with the Indians as a free agent in January.

On Thursday, Indians owner Larry Dolan said his club is on pace to lose $16 million this season, saying attendance will fall 500,000 short of projections. Pavano’s incentives began kicking in with his 18th start ($100,000 for No. 18, No. 20 and No. 22). He will make $200,000 for starts No. 24, 26 and 28, then $250,000 for his 30th start and $300,000 for his 32nd start. Pavano has pitched 125 2/3 innings, which would rank him third on the Twins behind Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker.

Pavano will collect $100,000 once he reaches 130 innings along with 140 and 150. Then, he’ll make $150,000 for 160 and 170, and $200,000 for 180.

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They sent Dickey down? Surely he's not considered the worst pitcher on the staff???

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They sent Dickey down? Surely he's not considered the worst pitcher on the staff???

me thinks the same crazy

but hopefully Pavano can bring some quality starts for the next 1 1/2 months!

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My guess is there were two factors that made Dickey the guy.

1. He has pitched 21 innings since July 1st in 12 appearances and given up 22 runs.

2. The other option would have been Crain who is out of options and would have never made it through waivers considering the need for relief pitching by most teams.

Dickey is a 35 year old guy with a lifetime 5.43 era and will never be anything but the guy who mops up innings when the bullpen is stressed or the game is all but over.

Crain is 28 with a 3.60 career ERA who has shown he is capable of being a reliable arm in the past.

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Gardy has been upset with Dickey lately, for a vet, he throw a fast ball, when a knuckler should have been thrown against the Angels, and a knucker on a 3-2 count against Cleveland with the nr 9 hitter up, and walked him. Gardy says, you take your chances with the nr 9 hitter swinging at the fast ball.

So any guesses on the player to be named?? Hopefully it is a class A prospect.

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Good move for the twins and not too costly. I would have rather seen RA still in the bigs and send Crain down what do we really lose if someone else claims him

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I beleive (correct me if I am wrong), a player can only lose one option a year. When we sent down Crain that may have been his last option, but we can send up and down all this year if we want. Next year though, if he makes the club out of spring training and we want to send him down he would have to clear waivers.

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I like it. Dickey has been awful lately, and probably the worst we have in the pen, Keppel and Crain a not to distant second, don't have numbers, but I know the last few outings I have seen him pitch he has gotten rocked.

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Happy birthday Harmonica Bear!

Trade or no trade it's pretty clear we can't compete with the Yankee's, Red Sox, Angles and their $435,000,000 combined annual salary's.

This year anyway!

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I would love for the Twins to play any team that accquires Crain

Can I say "box" on here? I know its not the radio- but BOX!

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I beleive (correct me if I am wrong), a player can only lose one option a year. When we sent down Crain that may have been his last option, but we can send up and down all this year if we want. Next year though, if he makes the club out of spring training and we want to send him down he would have to clear waivers.

That is correct. The option is good for the entire season.

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Typical Twins move... "We made moves, we're trying to field a championship club....."

YAWN............

Yes, they made a move but never for a stud player. Lets see what we can get for very little.

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Originally Posted By: lindy rig
Nice, now they just need to find a way to get Liriano in the bullpen

You mean off the team!!!

You got your wish...he is on the DL now.

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