"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
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
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."