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Pavano piques Marlins' interest

Pavano piques Marlins' interest

LAS VEGAS -- A link to the Marlins' 2003 World Series championship season is once again on the club's radar.

The agent for right-hander Carl Pavano, Tom O'Connell, met with Marlins officials on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

"I had a conversation with the Marlins, and it went well," O'Connell said. "I've also met with several other teams. It's very preliminary."

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O'Connell would not give specific details of his discussion with the Marlins, but he noted that "quite a few teams" have shown interest in the right-hander.

The Red Sox also are in the mix for the 32-year-old Pavano.

If the Marlins sign Pavano, it would mark his second stint with the franchise. Florida obtained Pavano from the Montreal Expos in 2002, and he stayed with the Marlins through the 2004 season.

Pavano's best season in the big leagues was in '04, when he went 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA.

Before the 2005 season, Pavano signed with the Yankees, but he was continuously set back by injuries, including an elbow injury that required Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. In seven starts in 2008, Pavano went 4-2 with a 5.77 ERA.

Prior to the Winter Meetings, the Marlins had limited conversations with Pavano, but interest picked up in the past two days.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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