Cliff Lee is the best available free agent starting pitcher, and he's drawing an appropriate level of attention. We're also hearing a lot of Zack Greinke trade rumors, as the Royals are listening to offers for their ace, and he's the other number one pitcher on the market.
But the second-best remaining free agent starter is Carl Pavano, and while Lee and Greinke are dominating headlines, Pavano is quietly making progress in talks of his own. Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins are stepping up their efforts to re-sign the veteran starter, while Ken Rosenthal states that the Brewers are also serious.
The Twins would love to have Pavano back, as he excelled with Minnesota in 2010 and would slide back in behind Francisco Liriano in the rotation. The Brewers, meanwhile, have addressed their pitching shortage by trading for Shaun Marcum, but still want help in the rotation, and Pavano would make for an excellent third starter.
The Nationals are known to have some interest in Pavano, but their attention seems to have been focused mainly on Lee and Greinke. They could still re-emerge as a strong candidate.
The Twins currently stand out as the favorites to get Pavano to put pen to paper.