Agent says pitcher taking time to meet with teams
NEW YORK -- Carl Pavano is likely to take until mid-December or later before deciding which team to sign with, his agent said Friday.
The free-agent pitcher met Thursday with the Red Sox and visited Boston's Curt Schilling. Pavano already met earlier this month with Yankees manager Joe Torre in Florida and is planning trips to Seattle, Detroit, New York and Baltimore, agent Scott Shapiro said.
"We don't have any time pressures," Shapiro said Friday. "We're taking the time to gather information. It's important for Carl to get an opportunity to get comfortable with the organization."
Shapiro said the trip to New York would be to get acquainted with Yankees personnel, and that Pavano had no current plans to meet with the Mets.
"We haven't really had any extensive dialogue yet because Omar's been busy trying to get his arms around the Mets," Shapiro said.
New general manager Omar Minaya has worked toward finalizing contracts to keep pitchers Al Leiter and Kris Benson, and needs to hire the team's new coaching staff in conjunction with new manager Willie Randolph.
Shapiro said the meeting with Torre took place at a restaurant in Palm Beach, Fla., where Torre was attending a family event.
"Carl absolutely loved the meeting. He left the meeting very excited about the possibilities," Shapiro said. "We're definitely visiting them in New York. I hope the folks that would be involved in training and coaching would be there."
Shapiro and Seattle attempted Friday to determine when Pavano will meet with the Mariners.
A 28-year-old right-hander who went a career-best 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA for the Florida Marlins this season, Pavano has a 57-58 record in seven years with the Expos and Marlins.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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