Seattle visit makes five
"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.
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."
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."
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