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The Mariners are talking to Chris Capuano

Feb 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners are in talks with free agent Chris Capuano.

Why not? He’s a lefty who was somewhat serviceable last year, going 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA for the Dodgers despite the fact that he had multiple injuries and ailments. The Dodgers still had faith enough in him to put him on the postseason roster. In 2012 he finished with a 3.72 over 33 starts.

Earlier this winter he said he wanted a two-year deal. Bet the Mariners can get him pretty cheaply now that camps have opened.

  1. spudchukar - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    A 2-year deal at a reduced price seems ideal for Seattle. No draft pick loss, no long term deal to block the young upcoming Mariner hurlers, and a guy who when healthy is every bit as good as Santana or Jimenez. It also allows the Seattle management to reserve cash for the likes of Cruz or Morales.

    • paperlions - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Plus, he’s a guy that they should be able to move around to fill whatever role is needed if there is no regular spot for him in the rotation….bullpen, long-man, or spot starter. Having guys like this around can really keep a staff from springing leaks (like Joe Kelly does for the Cardinals).

      • spudchukar - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Yep, PL, meant to add that to my comment. His versatility is certainly a plus.

  2. mmason0071 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    This guy looks like he fits right in with the Mariner’s three C plan – Cano, cripples and castoffs.

  3. uyf1950 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    If current reports are correct looks like the Mariners aren’t the only teams to be in contact with the Capuano. The Red Sox have been reported to be speaking with Capuano as well.

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