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Red Sox in talks with left-hander Chris Capuano

Feb 18, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are engaged in negotiations with free agent left-hander Chris Capuano. Rosenthal says Boston’s front office is looking at Capuano as a potential swingman — somebody who would pitch primarily in relief but could also be available for some spot starts.

Capuano registered a 4.26 ERA and 81/24 K/BB ratio across 105 2/3 innings (20 starts and four relief appearances) last season for the Dodgers. He has held left-handed batters to a .231/.288/.331 slash line for his career and left-handed batters hit just .248/.274/.292 against him in 2013.

Capuano, 35, has also been linked to the Mariners, Marlins, and White Sox this offseason.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Good call.

    Replace Dempster with someone who pitched worse in the NL last year than Dempster did in the AL, and who also has no AL experience.

    • ltzep75 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Somewhere Dontrelle Willis is staring at a phone waiting for it to ring.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Maybe bring back Brad Penny too.

      • tuberippin - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Dontrelle Willis got a minor-league deal with the Giants this offseason.

        Brad Penny got a minor-league deal with the Royals this offseason.

        It’s cool though. Jeff Karstens awaits your offer.

    • j0esixpack - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Yeah – the Red Sox front office clearly has no clue what they are doing. I mean, when was the last time they won the World Series after all?

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Even when they won their other 2 World Series they still made bad personnel decisions, especially regarding mediocre NL pitchers.

        Julian Tavarez won a ring with them in 2007. So did Eric Gagne. BK Kim and Pedro Astacio in 2004.

        But, more pertinent to this conversation would be to point out guys on the 2005 and 2008 squads like Wade Miller, Matt Clement (Seriously, he was awful in the month leading up to his injury, and actually got BETTER immediately after it, so I’m not even engaging in that conversation anymore)…..

        Middling NL pitchers are TERRIBLE signing for AL clubs. Just because the team has shown proficiency in evaluating other players doesn’t change the fact that Chris Capuano will be a trainwreck.

    • pastabelly - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      He is not replacing Dempster. Dempster’s role is going to Brandon Workman. This would be about bullpen depth.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        I don’t think we need a bullpen arm that is going to post an ERA above 5.00 in the AL.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Just looking at a very simple comparison, Chris Capuano’s ERA+ of 84 would actually suggest that he will perform worse than Alfredo Aceves and his ERA+ of 85 last year.

        Do we need another Aceves?

  2. TheMorningStar - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Relax Red Sox haters…Let’s wait and see the financials before dumping all over a potential signing.

    • stex52 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM


      • 18thstreet - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        The only hater I read in these comments is from tfbuckfutter, who professes to be a fan.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Sorry. I’ll be a homer.

        Yay! Chris Capuano!!!

        Print those World Series tickets now! Every move a right one!

  3. rajavier3105 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    heheh!! I hope the red sox sign him.

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