Friday, December 3, 2004
Tigers' Kaline gives free agent 'hall' of a tour
DETROIT -- Carl Pavano met Al Kaline, worked out at Comerica
Park and went to the Oakland Hills Country Club on Friday, part of
the Detroit Tigers' effort to recruit the free-agent righty.
Pavano talked with manager Alan Trammell, pitching coach Bob
Cluck, owner Mike Ilitch and team president Dave Dombrowski.
"I felt really comfortable, had some great conversations,"
Pavano said. "It was really informative, answered a lot of
questions that needed to be answered."
Dombrowski said Detroit made an offer to Pavano before he
arrived Thursday, but the general manager wouldn't discuss the
Pavano, 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA last season for Florida, left
Friday night for New York, where he was to spend the weekend
meeting with Yankees officials. Pavano's agent, Scott Shapiro, said
talks with the Tigers will continue.
"Detroit was fantastic," Shapiro said. "You couldn't ask for
a more accommodating host. They made everyone we wanted to talk to
Shapiro said Pavano had a chance to work out in the Tigers'
training room and spend time with Kaline, the Tigers Hall of Famer
who is a team special assistant. Kaline showed Pavano around town
and took him to Oakland Hills, the suburban golf course where this
year's Ryder Cup was held.
If Pavano decides to sign with Detroit, he would join closer
Troy Percival as major offseason signings.
"There's a lot of positive energy in the organization,"
Shapiro said. "You can get a sense Detroit is really building
something special there."
Percival agreed on Nov. 17 to a $12 million, two-year contract
with the Tigers. The 35-year-old was 2-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 33
saves last season with Anaheim.
Ivan Rodriguez, Pavano's catcher with the Florida championship
team, signed with Detroit last year.
Pavano, 28, has a 57-58 record in seven years with the Expos and
Marlins. He previously met with Boston, and also plans to visit
Baltimore, Seattle and Anaheim.