Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Carl Pavano is finally back in the fold.
The Twins announced that they've agreed to a two-year, $16.5 million contract with Pavano.
Pavano will make $8 million in 2011 and $8.5 million in 2012, with a chance to make $500,000 more in incentives for innings pitched in 2012.
Entering the offseason, there was talk that Pavano might command a three-year, $33 million contract similar to the one 35-year-old lefthander Ted Lilly signed with the Dodgers. The Twins got Pavano for exactly half that price.
Pavano, 35, went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA last year, pitching a team-high 221 innings.
The move gives the Twins six candidates for their five starting rotation spots: Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey and Brian Duensing.
Last year, Duensing opened the year in the bullpen, posting a 1.67 ERA in 40 relief appearances. Including his 13 starts, Duensing went 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA.
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