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The Twins have agreed to re-sign righty Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16 million deal. During the week, we heard rumors that Pavano and (wait for it…) the Yankees were ‘seriously negotiating’ a high-salary, one-year deal. However, the Yankees would have only completed the deal if another team agreed to do a sign-and-trade with the Bombers, allowing them to keep their draft pick.

Pavano’s first stint with the Yankees was an absolute train wreck. From 2005-2008, the Yankees paid Pavano $40 million and received only 26 total appearances. Pavano fits the mold of ‘better than Mitre or Nova‘, but alike many ex-girlfriends, it’s better to leave the past, firmly in the past.

Via Chad Jennings, Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated yesterday that he will not surrender the team’s first round draft pick (#31 overall) in order to sign any of the three remaining Type A free agents. “I will not lose our No. 1 draft pick,” he said. “I would have for Cliff Lee. I won’t lose our No. 1 draft pick for anyone else.”

Of the remaining free agents, only Carl Pavano, Grant Balfour, and Rafael Soriano would warrant the Yankees to forfeit their first round pick.

Current Yankees, Derek Jeter (1993) and Phil Hughes (2004) were first round draft picks for the Bombers. The recently departed Ian Kennedy (2006) and currently Triple A pitcher Andrew Brackman (2007) were also first round picks.

We discussed the Yankees potentially inking Soriano this week, but Cashman’s statements indicate that the team will keep the top pick and not pursue Soriano.

Are you alright with the Yankees not pursuing Rafael Soriano?

Let’s face it. No one knows where Cliff Lee will sign. ESPN Los Angeles thinks he will go to the Angels. Within a span of a day, the Washington Nationals, spending like a kid with their parents’ credit card, were “prepared to offer Lee a 7-year contract”, only to have the story retracted later. The Texas Rangers still think they can lasso Lee back to Texas based on his “likeness to his time in Arlington” according to ESPN Dallas – Fort Worth. Lastly, ESPN New York seems to think the Yankees are ready to make their big purchase. As you can see, there can be no conclusion drawn besides A. Teams want Cliff Lee, B. Teams besides the Yankees want Cliff Lee and C. ESPN has too many websites giving spectulative information. However, if another team manages to sign him, the Yankees will need to have a contingency plan, especially with the recent news out of the Andy Pettitte camp. Let’s look at some possible free agent targets, and if there is any shot the Yankees will sign them.

Hey Cliff - Seattle Weekly

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The New York Mets defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey secured his 10th win of the season. After a Braves win, the Mets are still a half game behind first place in the NL East.

AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill

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