Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano was the target of an extortion plot, according to Hardballtalk.
Pavano, who has pitched in the majors for 13 years, was targeted by a former Southington High School classmate who attempted to reveal personal information about him. The former classmate was reportedly asking for money and a luxury SUV.
Pavano was drafted by the Boston Red Sox directly out of high school.
The 36-year-old is in the final year of a two-year, $16.5 million contract with the Twins. Last season he posted a 9-13 record with a 4.30 ERA, while leading the major leagues in hits allowed with 262. The year prior he went 17-11 for the Twins with a 3.75 ERA, while leading the major leagues in complete games and shutouts.