First off I would like to say that I am very thankful for what Carl Pavano provided us is 2010, do you really think we would have made the playoffs without his innings and success. The contract that he ends up signing, no matter the team, is going to be an overpayment but the 2011 off season has made that a reality.
Everyone likes to bring up his Yankee days, but have we seen that Pavano from anything but his Yankee days? Last year and somewhat the year before he was a innings eater, even when losing, which saved the bp a ton of work, which was sorely needed thanks to constant short outings from Slowey/Blackburn/Baker. Those are the big three that are liable to replace Pavs should the twins not resign him. A rotation of Liriano, Baker, Duensing, Slowey, Blackburn or add a innings eater number 2 who has the potential to dominate an opponent, which would you prefer.
Yes Pavano will be an overpayment unless he accepts a organizational discount, which he shouldn't, due to the market, but he is the best opportunity we have to solidify the rotation.
Gibson is going to be a starter soon, but not a the beginning of 2011. It would be down right stupid of the Twins to push him to a starting 175+ inning role a year out of his signing that only happened because he had a major injury in college. If we devote the 2 or even 3 year deal to Pavano what does that leave us with, a number 2 or 3 starter that eats innings, that would seem to work pretty damn well with Liriano and eventually Gibson as the the other 2.
Maybe im wrong, but I can see past his Yankee days and expect that with his skill set and stuff he is a reclamation project that worked and is worth spending some money on to solidify the rotation of what is at least supposed to be be a contending team.
There are no other moves to make, save a ridiculous overpayment for Grienke or the likes. I think if we want to contend in 2011 we need to have a solid starting staff and it is questionable if we have that without the success and innings Pavano provided in 2010.
Everything was constantly Pavstache until it came time to sign him, would you rather he had sucked and we had spent the time with no one to eat innings. There was no place last year and there is no place this year to really replace what he brought to the table.