Wednesday, Carl Pavano announced his retirement, bringing down the
curtain on a major league career that spanned from 1998 through 2012 and
included far more controversy â?? and injuries â?? than most. Indeed,
Pavano’s career ended with his most serious ailment of all, a
life-threatening ruptured spleen suffered while snow-shoveling in
January 2013, thwarting his plans for a comeback.
Indeed, injuries prevented Pavano from reaching his full potential and
made him an easy target for the media, particularly throughout his
the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million
free-agent deal back in December, many observers concluded that it might
spell the end of Brett Gardner’s time in the Bronx. Despite much
speculation that he could be traded, the Yankees resisted all overtures
for his services, and now they’ve made clear their commitment to him. On
Sunday, they announced that they have signed the 30-year-old outfielder
to a four-year, $52 million extension â?? a move that has the potential
to be a significant bargain.
In a year where...