Relax, Yankees fans. Pitcher Carl Pavano is not headed toward the Bronx.
Pavano re-signed with the Twins, signing a two-year deal for $16.5 million. Pavano had been hoping for a three-year deal but there were no takers.
``He gave me an ulcer by not signing earlier,’’ Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told mlb.com. That might have been the reaction in New York if GM Brian Cashman was really serious about wanting Pavano back with the Yankees.
Happy to see Pavano return was backup catcher Drew Butera, whose father, a former major leaguer, played at Connetquot High School and Suffolk CC-Selden. Drew Butera is Pavano’s personal catcher.
``He's a big part of what we did last year, and he's a veteran leader that helps out the young guys, especially me,’’ Butera said. ``He threw great to Joe [Mauer] too, so it's not just me that he'll be throwing to this year. But he's a great clubhouse guy and we're very happy to have him back."