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Updated: January 19th, 2011 6:18pm
Done deal: Twins re-sign Carl Pavano for two years, $16.5 million

Done deal: Twins re-sign Carl Pavano for two years, $16.5 million

by Tom Pelissero
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Carl Pavano officially is a Minnesota Twin again.

The team announced on Wednesday evening it has re-signed the veteran right-hander to a two-year, $16.5 million contract.

Pavano, 35, was 17-11 with a 3.75 earned-run average, 37 walks and 117 strikeouts over 221 innings last season. He pitched a career-high seven complete games, including two shutouts.

Originally required from the Cleveland Indians in a trade on Aug. 7, 2009, Pavano returned in 2010 and proved to be a bargain at one year and $7 million.

This time, he drew interest from several teams, most notable the Washington Nationals and New York Yankess. But general manager Bill Smith told 1500 ESPN on Tuesday he was "very optimistic" a deal would get done, and the contract was announced around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

USA Today reported Pavano also can earn up to $500,000 in incentives.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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