As recently as late January, there were several teams reportedly interested in the services of long-time Major League pitcher Carl Pavano. However, on Wednesday, Pavano announced that he would no longer be pursuing a role on a club in 2014.
Ex New York #Yankee Carl Pavano – has announced hit retirement after trying to come back from a ruptured spleen that occurred last season.
— 104.5 The Team (@1045TheTeam) February 26, 2014
Multiple outlets are reporting that Pavano (via his agent) announced his official retirement from MLB, and this comes as only a mild surprise. The 38-year-old right-hander was last seen in the Majors back in 2012 with the Minnesota Twins, but Pavano was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen that submarined his career as well as his comeback bid.
Pavano threw more than 1,700 big league innings, but many people will remember him for one thing.
Carl Pavano retires… earned $71.5 million in his career
— Ray Flowers (@BaseballGuys) February 26, 2014
Fantasy baseball expert Ray Flowers helps do the honors of unveiling that Pavano made over $70 million in his career, and much of that money came in a failed 4-year stint with the Yankees in the mid-2000′s. However, in 2004, Pavano was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball as a member of the Marlins (3.00 ERA in 222.1 innings), and hopefully people will remember him for his pitching rather than his money.