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Win1ForMe
07-19-2004, 11:00 AM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-marnot19jul19,0,7097480.story?coll=sfla-sports-headlines

Pavano would be sweeter than sweet. Penny wouldn't be bad either.

Neither Carl Pavano nor Armando Benitez, both free agents at season's end, would be shocked if the Marlins traded them before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. With a dearth of pitchers on the market, the Marlins could likely name their price for either.


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"If that's the case, I think that's a smart move by them," Pavano said. "They can get guys that can help them in the future. Otherwise, they're just going to end up getting no one."

Considering Freddy Garcia just signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the White Sox, Pavano could probably command four years for $30 million. Benitez? Using Keith Foulke's four-year, $20.75 million contract as a barometer, Benitez could secure around $6 million a season for the next three.

Though he's not eligible for free agency until after 2005, Brad Penny is a potential trade candidate as well. He could seek more than $8 million through arbitration this offseason.