May 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: Carl Pavano is about three weeks from throwing off the mound

Right handed starting pitcher Carl Pavano had himself a rough last couple of years . First he struggled during the 2012 season with the Minnesota Twins, then he suffered a ruptured spleen which sat him out the entire 2013 season.

Just like any player who refuses to give up, Pavano has gotten back to work and is close to throwing once again. According to Mike Berardino on Twitter, Pavano is around three weeks away from throwing off the mound. The 15 year veteran will be looking to pick up at minor league contract.

But with how things have gone down for him over the last couple of years, he may pick up a non-guaranteed minor league contract. Which could give him up and discourage him at the same time. Pavano started 11 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2012 and was charged with 42 earned runs.

He finished the year with a 2-5 record, 33 strike outs, 1.40 WHIP and 6.00 ERA. It was the first time he ended a season with an ERA that high since he played for the Montreal Expos back in 2002.

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