Pitcher has two-day visit with Orioles on tap
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.
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.
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