The Boston Herald’s Jeff Horrigan on the Red Sox pulling out all the stops for free agent P Carl Pavano — they drove him to Medfield!
Carl Pavano returned to Fenway Park yesterday, seven years to the day after he was traded by the Red Sox to the Montreal Expos [stats, schedule] for Pedro Martinez , and he was told that the possibility still exists that he could be a teammate with the man for whom he was dealt in 1997.
While the Sox showed the 28-year-old right-hander around the Fenway facilities and drove him out to Medfield to meet potential mentor Curt Schilling [stats, news], they still are not ruling out the chances that both Pavano and Martinez could be part of the starting rotation in 2005.
Pavano, meanwhile, quietly slipped into town with agent Scott Shapiro and had an upbeat day on Yawkey Way with general manager Theo Epstein and other key members of Red Sox management. He saw how much the Fenway facilities have been improved since Henry’s group bought the franchise and was brought out to meet with Schilling. Pavano, who went 18-8 during the past season for the Florida Marlins [stats, schedule], has said having Schilling as a mentor and role model is exactly what he needs to get the most out of his abilities.
The Sox discussed contract parameters with Pavano, who is believed to be seeking $8 million to $10 million per season, but did so with the understanding that he wouldn’t be agreeing to a deal anytime soon. Pavano and Shapiro already have offers from the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.