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Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers.

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Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano.

Capuano is coming off a bounceback season for the Mets at age 33, remaining healthy for the first time since way back in 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio.

His incentive-laden one-year contract proved to be a bargain for the Mets, but this time around he might be looking for a two-year deal despite a lengthy history of arm problems and zero 200-inning seasons since 2006.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Capuano is one of the more frustrating pitchers I’ve watched and that’s after years of Oliver Perez and John Maine Foul-Ball Machine. For 3-4 innings per game he’d seem dominant and then, before you knew it, he’d give up something like 5 runs on a couple of homers. Not that you ever actually expected dominance from him, but every start was the same big tease.

  2. Ben - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    His peripherals actually look pretty good. 8.13 K/9, 2.56 BB/9, but his GB% and his HR/FB percent are a bit worrisome. GB% isn’t anything catastrophic, and maybe Target Field would surpress a few HRs, but if his HR/FB is that high after CitiField that’s a bit scary. The health concern is of course huge–that would mean the Twins have three starters in Baker, Liriano and Capuano who could be question marks at any point in the reason. 2 years

    In the end though, he strikes out too many. Doesn’t fit with the Twins’ pitching philosophy. (tongue firmly in cheek)
    2 years, 13 million seems like it could work.

  3. Brandon Warne - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    I said it on twitter: “If you can get him for the ERA price rather than the xFIP price, you gotta do it.”

    • Bryz - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Brandon, we both know that the Twins haven’t even heard of xFIP so they’ll likely try to get him for the ERA price.

  4. rooney24 - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    If he could only muster an ERA of 4.55 in the NL, with pitchers in the lineup, what will his ERA be in the AL?

    As a Twins fan, I can’t say this would thrill me. If they can get him on the cheap, it would be worth taking a shot, but I hope they don’t throw a bunch of money at him.

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