posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 06:53 PM
Carl Pavano appears to be headed to the Bronx, Sporting News has learned.
Pavano decided Saturday he wanted to pitch for the Yankees, and his agent and New York closed in on a four-year contract worth about $39 million.
Pavano called his agent, Scott Shapiro, on Saturday morning and informed him of his decision.
"Number one, he wants to win," Shapiro said.
Anaheim, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit and Seattle also sought the right-hander, 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA for Florida last season.
Shapiro said his next step was to meet with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to finalize an agreement. Pavano and Shapiro met with the Yankees in
New York last weekend, and Shapiro was confident a contract would be agreed to.
"We have to really hunker down and have some serious negotiations to hammer out the deal," Shapiro said.
The Yankees expect the agreement will be worth about $39 million, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity, and the contract could contain
an option for a fifth season.