With the signings, the World Series champions avoided going to
salary arbitration with any of their players.
Penny, 25, won two games in the Series against the New York
Yankees. He went 14-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 32 starts, and ranks
second in team history with 40 career wins, two behind Ryan
Penny will get $3,725,000, up from a $1.9 million salary last
Pavano, 28, split time as a starter and reliever during the
postseason. He started Game 4 of the Series against Roger Clemens,
and both pitchers got a no-decision.
Pavano went 12-13 with a 4.30 ERA and pitched 201 innings. he
will get $3.8 million, more than doubling his $1.6 million salary
Penny and Pavano will be part of a young, experienced rotation
that will include World Series MVP Josh Beckett, 23, and Dontrelle
Willis, 22. Lefty Michael Tejera will be given a chance to replace
Mark Redman, who was traded to Oakland.
A.J. Burnett, 27, could be ready to join the team by the early
part of the season after undergoing ligament surgery April 29.