The mustache isn't going anywhere.
Carl Pavano and the Twins agreed on a $16.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday night, ensuring the popular right-hander who made the ’stache cool again in Minnesota will be back to provide stability to the team’s rotation.
Pavano had several other offers and surprisingly considered a return to the New York Yankees before ultimately deciding to stay with the club that helped the 35-year-old have a career resurgence in 2010.
Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and seven complete games last season to help the Twins win the American League Central title.
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Pavano went to Minnesota in a 2009 trade with Cleveland and has been reinvigorated after four tough seasons with the Yankees.
The Seattle Mariners said a committee of broadcasters will replace longtime announcer Dave Niehaus, who died in November.
Greg Johns reported on the Mariners’ website that the team will rotate at least five announcers in the radio booth in the 2011 season, and feature Rick Rizzs as the primary play-by-play man.
Ron Fairly, Ken Levine, Ken Wilson – who was part of the original annoucing team with Niehaus in 1977 – Dave Valle and Dan Wilson will be part of the announcing crew, and more names might be added to the list.
The Oakland Athletics finalized a $10.5 million, two-year contract with free-agent left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, a four-time All-Star. The 35-year-old Fuentes was drafted by the Mariners in 1995 before going to Colorado in 2001 as part of the Jeff Cirillo trade. Roy Hartsfield, the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager for their first three seasons, died in Ball Ground, Ga. He was 85. Hartsfield was 166-318 in his three years managing Toronto. Mets manager Terry Collins said Mike Pelfrey will be his starter on opening day. The San Francisco Giants and right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla reached agreement on a $1.3 million, one-year contract. The San Diego Padres and reliever Chad Qualls agreed to a $2.55 million, one-year contract. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said owner Hal Steinbrenner, in a move mirroring those of his famous father, overruled Cashman and approved a $35 million, three-year contract to setup man Rafael Soriano. Twins Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, who has been going through chemotherapy for his esophageal cancer, issued a statement saying his doctors remain hopeful he will make a full recovery. The Washington Nationals finalized their trade to acquire left-hander Tom Gorzelanny from the Chicago Cubs for three minor league prospects.