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Sunday, December 5, 2004
Pitcher has two-day visit with Orioles on tap

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Carl Pavano met with Yankees officials and Reggie Jackson this weekend, then was scheduled to travel to Baltimore to meet with the Orioles.

Carl Pavano

The free agent right-hander went to Yankee Stadium on Saturday to meet with team trainers and video personnel, then had dinner in Manhattan with Yankees president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman. Jackson, a Yankees Hall of Famer, attended part of the dinner.

Pavano didn't meet with Mets general manager Omar Minaya, who traveled to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to go to the team's training complex there. Minaya said he was not planning to meet with Pedro Martinez, a free agent the Mets are courting, while in the Dominican Republic.

Pavano, who previously met with Boston and also met with Detroit on Friday, plans to spend Monday and Tuesday with the Orioles, then visit the Seattle Mariners and Anaheim Angels later this week.

The Tigers have made an offer to Pavano but wouldn't discuss the terms.

Pavano, 28, was 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA last season for Florida. His agent, Scott Shapiro, said prior to Pavano's New York visit that 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 available."

If Pavano decides to sign with Detroit, he would join closer Troy Percival as major offseason signings.