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Dodgers could look to trade Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang

Nov 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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If the Dodgers end up signing Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu they’ll have a rotation logjam and Ken Gurnick of writes that the “most likely” starters to be shopped for a trade are Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.

Because the timing of a potential trade may depend on the health status of Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley a move is far from guaranteed, but by bidding $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu the Dodgers have definitely set themselves up as one of the few teams with veteran starting pitching to spare.

Capuano logged 198 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 162/54 K/BB ratio this year at age 33 and he’s owed $6 million in 2013 with an $8 million option or $1 million buyout for 2014. Harang had a 3.61 ERA and 131/85 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this year at age 34 and he’s owed $7 million in 2013 with a mutual option for $7-8 million or a $2 million buyout for 2014.

  1. uwsptke - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Would love to see Cappy back in a Brewers uniform, but I don’t think the Brewers will be dipping into the farm system for awhile, especially to add pitching on the wrong side of 30.

  2. melsh13 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    When has having a logjam at starting pitcher ever been a problem a month or two into the season? Especially with a few guys having injuries this year and apparent money to burn, having an extra dude might not be such a bad thing.

  3. AlohaMrHand - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Keep Cappy.You can never have enough left handed pitchers

  4. lostsok - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Capuano can pitch long relief and spot-start. He could be a major asset in a swing role. Trade Harang.

  5. doubledsquared - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    For all intents and purposes Harang and Capuano are interchangeable. They’re 4th starters at best. If you could unload either one of those guys and get a contract off the books for 2013 do it. Maybe a team like the Pirates or Royals would take one of them on in exchange for a bucket of balls and a bottle of cheap scotch.

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