Children of the Diaspora 19: Carl Pavano

Friday, February 28, 2014

Carl Pavano, RHP

Carl Pavano announced his retirement on Wednesday, time to fire up the way-back machine...

Played for Marlins: 2002-2004
Other Teams: Montreal (1998-2002), Yankees (2005-2008), Cleveland (2009), Minnesota (2009-2012)
Marlins Highlights: Went 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA and 5.3 WAR in 2004, earning an All-Star nod (the only one of his career) and a sixth-place finish in NL Cy Young voting. He was very effective in the 2003 postseason, giving up 3 earned runs in 19 and 1/3 innings (and a 2-0 record, both wins coming in relief). He arrived from Montreal in the 2002 Cliff Floyd (along with Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, and Justin Wayne).
Other Highlights: This mustache. The Red Sox traded him as a minor leaguer to Montreal in 1997 for Pedro Martinez (poor Expos). The Yankees signed Pavano to a 4-year, $38 million deal off that 2004 season, and he spent most of those years on the disabled list (0.4 WAR total during his Yankees tenure). He threw only 145 innings for New York, missing the entire 2006 season. He had a slight resurgence in Minnesota, going 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and 4.0 WAR in 2010.
Best Marlins Moment: In Game 4 of the 2003 World Series, Pavano threw an 8-inning gem, giving up 1 run on seven hits. The Marlins went on to win in 12 innings, but Pavano would have gotten the win had Ugueth Urbina not given up a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth.


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