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Seattle visit makes five

SEATTLE -- Carl Pavano wrapped up talks Wednesday with the
Seattle Mariners and moved on to Anaheim, where he's expected to
attend the winter meetings later this week and visit the Angels.

"He completed his visit and left town, simple as that,"
Seattle assistant general manager Lee Pelekoudas said. "We
finished up our talks, and we felt he had a good visit with
everyone here."

The right-hander is among the most highly sought free agents
after going 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA for Florida last season.

Pavano spent two days in Seattle after earlier visits with
Baltimore, Detroit, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The
Mariners hope to add a slugger, but they'd welcome another starter.

Pelekoudas said the Mariners plan to visit again during the
winter meetings with Pavano, who last season set career highs in
wins, ERA, innings (222 1-3), strikeouts (139) and shutouts (two).

On Tuesday, the Marlins offered salary arbitration in a bid to
retain their top starter. Florida offered Pavano a $21 million,
three-year deal, but that might not be enough to lure him back.

"We're going to continue down the road with Carl," Marlins
general manager Larry Beinfest said. "I don't know exactly where
he is in terms of his thought process. I don't think the door's
closed here."

After getting Al Leiter to return to Florida, the Marlins are
lining up a solid rotation for next season with former World Series
MVP Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis and A.J. Burnett.

They'd love to get Pavano back to round it out.

"Carl's done tremendous things for us," Beinfest said. "And
there's a comfort level between him and the organization."