Monday, December 30, 2013

Pavano Revival Brings Good Duquette Memories

On November 18, 1997, the Red Sox traded young pitching prospect Carl Pavano to the Montreal Expos for Pedro Martinez (a month later they threw in Tony Armas, Jr.). For those of you who like to berate former GM Dan Duquette—how did this trade work out for us? The reason we bring this up is because multiple reports suggest Pavano is making a "comeback". After suffering a scary ruptured spleen injury, he is 'building up arm strength' to showcase for MLB teams. Since the trade, Pavano has gone 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA. Not horrible—but sure as hell not Pedro. Armas, Jr. had a ten-year career in the bigs—going 53-65 with a 4.65 ERA. Again, mediocre at best. By stark contrast, in Pedro's seven seasons in Carmine Hose, he was 117-37 (a ridiculous .760 winning percentage), with 2.52 ERA. He won the Cy Young Award in 1999 and 2000. And, we're not even talking about getting Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb. Can we end the Duquette-bashing please?