RAmst23 wrote: hybrid wrote:
Well that's great to hear he feels the best he has in a while, cause um he hasn't pitched any meaningful innings since 2005.
Really this is a guy who has only had an era under 4.21 once, only had a whip under 1.26 once, and in his only good year to speak of, K's just 139. If you look up mediocre in the dictionary there should be a picture of him next to it. The only reason why people will remember him at all is because of how terrible the Yankees were to throw him a big contract like that did.
In some fairness to the Yankees, it's a little too easy to judge this contract in hindsight. Pavano had just pitched back-back 200 inning seasons. His FIP in 2003 was 3.77 and he lowered it to 3.55 in 2004 (Clearly his best year). If Pavano turned into a 180 inning guy who put up a low to mid 4's ERA in Yankee stadium, then you'd certainly have some issues arguing how bad this contract was.
Even if you thought the Pavano contract was bad from the get go, it would of been hard to forsee what happened to Pavano ( 145 IP in 4 years).
Lots of us in Yankeeland hated the contract from the get-go. Sure, the injuries were unforeseeable, but he was never a great pitcher. He pitched like a stud in his walk year, and the move was, as I recall, mainly one of those dumb "let's sign him before Boston does" things.
Then there was his conduct when he was injured. Plain and simple, he didn't care. All of his teammates hated him. Injuries happen, but when they do, you work hard and come back as soon and as strong as possible to help your team. That never seemed to be a consideration for Carl.
Oh well. What's done is done. As pertains to Pavano, I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish him any specific harm.