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Report: Red Sox tried to trade for Chris Capuano this week

Sep 22, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT


No one traded at this point in the season is eligible for the playoffs, but that apparently didn’t stop the Red Sox from calling the Mets in search of rotation help.

According to John Thomase of the Boston Herald the Red Sox wanted to acquire veteran left-hander Chris Capuano in time to make Sunday’s start against the Yankees, but the Mets turned down their cash offer for the impending free agent.

And right now John Lackey is in line to make the crucial start at Yankee Stadium.

After missing all of 2008 and 2009 with injuries Capuano got healthy and proved he was still effective for the Brewers last season and then signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Mets, logging 175 innings with a 4.47 ERA and 155/50 K/BB ratio.

He probably isn’t someone the Red Sox will pursue as a free agent this winter, but opening their wallet in an effort to ensure Lackey doesn’t take the mound again in 2011 wasn’t a bad try.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    If trying to trade for Chris Capuano to make one start isn’t a sign of desperation, what is?

    • Big Ed Robles - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      Not letting Lackey start and using a relief corps instead would be desperation. Trading for Capuano is smart baseball.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        It’s only smart baseball if you’re desparate.

  2. bigleagues - Sep 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Obviously its Theo’s fault for trying.

  3. trevorb06 - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Better than Lackey… or even Wieland.

    • foreverchipper10 - Sep 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Scott Wieland would be a better choice.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I’ve been thinking about Sunday’s Start. The Sox could no worse than Lackey by running Matt Fox or even Alex Wilson out there on Sunday. Admittedly that would be totally out of character but a guy like Wilson had some impressive number this season and brings 92-95.

  5. pisano - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    The Yankees would like nothing better than to knock Boston out of the playoffs, but I don’t know if they’ll go at it in high gear or let their players get rest for the playoffs. The Rays with a little help could pass them for the wild card. It ought to be an interesting last week.

  6. uuddlrlrbastart - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I haven’t actually counted, but this is probably like the 857th time this season I’ve been grateful that Omar Minaya is long-gone. I bet he would have made that trade giving no thought to the possibility of Capuano being a Type-B free agent.

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