Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Carl Pavano is close to accepting the Twins' offer of arbitration. (UPDATE: The Strib's La Velle E. Neal III says it's a done deal, according to sources).
The free agent was offered arbitration by the Twins, which protects the team in case he signs elsewhere. If a team signs Pavano, the Twins would receive a draft pick as compensation since they made an offer of arbitration to their free agent. The Twins are still able to negotiate with him in the process.
Pavano's camp is seeking a multi-year deal, and Pavano is reportedly pushing for two years from the Twins. However, should be accept the Twins' offer, he will remain with the Twins in 2010 at a salary to be decided (likely $8-9M). Although somewhat expensive for a #4 starter, the Twins know what they're getting with Pavano, who went 5-4 in 12 starts down the stretch for the Twins in 2009 and reportedly enjoyed his time here. Given his injury history, multiple-year offers for Pavano are risky and unlikely, even though he was healthy in 2009 and nearly pitched 200 innings.
A decision is expected by the end of the day, so stay tuned for more information....