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Dodgers sign Chris Capuano to two-year, $10 million deal

Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.

Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio.

He drew interest from several teams, including the Twins, but Capuano was said to be holding out for a multi-year commitment and ended up getting it from the Dodgers.

Capuano’s age (33) isn’t as big of a concern as his lengthy injury history, as he hasn’t logged 200 innings since 2006 and has undergone two Tommy John elbow surgeries. That makes a multi-year deal very risky, but Capuano’s secondary numbers this year were better than his ERA and if healthy $5 million per season is fairly reasonable for a veteran mid-rotation starter.

Bowden speculates that signing Capuano signals the Dodgers won’t bring back Hiroki Kuroda, which would be a major rotation downgrade.

  1. channingtaintum - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    So much for the Twins, then. His numbers should look better pitching out there. Good luck Cappy,

    Side note:
    Dodgers fans will enjoy watching his crafty pick-off throws to first, quickest release I’ve ever seen.

    • thekcubrats - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      It’s SABEAN writ small.
      So, sabean.
      Frittering away bankroll on sub-mediocrities, then crying poor when actual talent is on the block

  2. Ben - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Wow, good signing. He probably won’t be worth less than 5 million a year if he stays healthy, and could be worth significantly more.

  3. Kyle - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Holy crap, the dodgers made a move that I actually like. Well done.

  4. dodger88 - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Big picture – not good. Big down grade from Kuroda, too many homers allowed even while pitching in Citi Field and way too similar to Ted Lilly, whom the Dodgers already have.

    Plus this is another player receiving money that could have been used for someone big. I would have preferred signing Prince Fielder and using minimum salary players in place of Mark Ellis, Matt Treanor, Adam Kennedy, Chris Capuano, etc.

    Here’s hoping with a new owner will come a new front office at least as far the GM goes.

  5. cup0pizza - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Ned “Bernie Lomax” loves signing dues who are injury-plagued, huh? Crazy.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Thanks for making the DeJesus deal look even more respectable, Colletti.

  7. otis52gsh - Dec 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Everyone here in Milwaukee is pulling for you Chris. Congratulations on your new deal. Good luck.

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