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Red Sox close to signing Chris Capuano

Feb 20, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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Free agent left-hander Chris Capuano is on the verge of signing with the Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that a deal could be completed as soon as today.

Boston’s need for rotation help increased following Ryan Dempster‘s decision to sit out the season and Capuano represents a cheap option who presumably won’t require a multi-year commitment.

Capuano was limited to 20 starts last season by a groin injury and the Dodgers’ rotation depth, but he posted a 3.91 ERA and 52/10 K/BB ratio in 13 starts after June 1 and was a solid mid-rotation starter in 2012 with a 3.72 ERA in 198 innings. At age 35 he’s a risk to decline, but Capuano has always missed a solid number of bats, is impossible to run on, and shouldn’t be a dropoff from what Dempster gave the Red Sox last year.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Replacing Dempster’s performance would be great if Dempster’s performance wasn’t so crappy.

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    “Capuano has always missed a solid number of bats, is impossible to run on, and shouldn’t be a dropoff from what Dempster gave the Red Sox last year.” Capuano has always pitched in the NL and in the NL bigger parks. In the smaller parks in the AL East and with the American League DH. My guess is if he can pitch as good as Dempster (which wasn’t very good) it will be a blessing and a miracle.

    • TheMorningStar - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      The real ‘blessing and miracle’ will be:

      a) if the Yankees bullpen gets anyone out this season
      b) mark teixera plays well enough to earn even 1/1000th of his pay this season.
      c) the yankees infield isn’t the worst in MLB…by a far amount
      d) the yankees minor league system producing n everyday player sometime this decade

      You have bigger worries than trolling a probable minor league signing by the World Series champions

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        My friend try and stay on topic. This isn’t about the Yankees it’s about the Red Sox signing a player they shouldn’t need because by all accounts according to their fans they had more pitching depth then they could ever hope to utilize. Just for your information it isn’t a minor league deal it’s a major league deal with $2.5MM guaranteed money and a potential equal amount in incentives.

        Have a good day and remember the thought for today “stay on topic”.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Lets see, the Red Sox saved 13.25 million with the Dempster situation, then they spend 2.5 million on a veteran left hander who had a decent if limited season in 2013 and you dump on the deal??

        Funny, when the Yankees took a six tines as much flier on (hahaha) Vernon Wells, everyone praised the move.

        As for depth of pitching in the Red Sox farm system, its real; you can NEVER have enough (lefty) pitching depth.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        @ TMS, again what does what the Yankees may or may not have done with Wells or any other player for that matter have to do with this signing by the Red Sox of Capuano. In light of what virtually every Red Sox fan has admitted for some time is an abundance of pitching depth.

        If Capuano was signed to a minor league deal I would have readily admitted the signing was neither here nor there. But on a major league deal with their supposed depth at the position it just doesn’t seem to make sense if the depth is really there.

      • spudchukar - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        UYF, my bud, this is a great get for the Sox. I really hoped the Mariners could land him. His health is an issue, but underestimating him is foolish. The dude can pitch. Like the Cards the Sox are smart. The Yankees are smart too, the addition of Sizemore and Roberts are great moves, Kelly and Thornton not so much.

        Dissin’ on Capuano will come back to haunt you.

    • pisano - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      uyf1950…. In the AL East, and a so so left hander in Fenway, and add the DH to that, all I can say is, BOMBS away.

  3. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    According to reports as of 12:55pm ET today the deal is done pending a physical. Details of the deal have not yet been released.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Correction: 12:55pm CT NOT ET.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Thumbs down for using central time.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        @ 18thstreet, I gave you a thumbs down for anti Central Time Zone bias. That’s a joke. Have a good day.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        The only fool is you, clown…silent or otherwise.

      • rje49 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        uyf, can I get a thumb up if I guess uyf is for “ultimate yankee fan”?

  4. proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I want to see this guy pitch in Yankee Stadium. It will be interesting.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Or Camden Yards or the Rogers Center or Globe Life Park in Arlington. Or for that matter Fenway when any team visits there to play.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        By the way. Condolences to the US women’s hockey team. They played a great game.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        @ proudly, I have not watch one minute of the Olympics. After reading about the pathetic conditions and terrible accommodations over their. I have come to the conclusion that Russia while they want people to believe they are a “World Power” then are more like a 3rd World Country then anything else.

      • spudchukar - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        OK, UYF, this is your most ignorant comment. No holds bar here. This is simply dumb. Disregarding American athletes because they are obligated to play in a less than perfect atmosphere is embarrassing. Shame on you.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        @ spudchukar, sorry if my comments don’t live up to your high expectations/standards. I didn’t realize that you were appointed the clearing house when it came to peoples viewing preferences or the reason for those preferences. Have a good day

    • TheMorningStar - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Consideing he’ll be pitching against the Blue Jays, a no hitter is probable.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Against Bautista and Encarnacion? What sort of drink are you consuming?

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Considering the Blue Jays hit more HR’s than the Red Sox in 2013 and had 4 batters with over 20 HR’s and also have to or more prolific HR’s hitters in Bautista and Encarnacion and they were 8th in the Majors in SLG% you may want to rethink your previous comment.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        correction: …have 2 of the more prolific HR hitters in…

    • 18thstreet - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Here you go:

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Really are you serious here is the Yankees starting line up in order from that link:

        From that list Gardner will be the ONLY starter this year.

        Compare that to the Yankees projected starting line up it it were out today:
        Ellsbury (CF)
        Jeter (SS)
        McCann (C)
        Beltran (RF)
        Teixeira (1st)
        Soriano (DH)
        Johnson (3rd)
        Roberts (2nd)
        Gardner (LF)

        Now I realize Red Sox fans were drunk with the success of the 2013 Sox teams. But that hangover should be over by now and you should be seeing clearly now.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        I think it’s great you believe that lineup will appear in more than zero games this year.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        @ 18thstreet, apparently you have taken a page out of TheMorningSar’s book and decided to ignore the saying “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Have a good day.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        I’m aware of what the Yankees’ planned lineup looks like. And last year, you had also expected that against a nothing pitcher like Capuano, you’d have Jeter, Teixeira, A-Rod, and Granderson. But they got hurt. Not because they’re bad people, but because they’re old.

        There’s no Plan B. So if Jeter gets hurt, Brandon Ryan gets more ABs. I don’t even know who is playing first until Teixeira returns. McCann’s games played over the last four years — 142, 128, 121, 102. Nice pattern. But I’m sure that Beltran, at age 37, won’t miss any time. And heaven knows Ellsbury has never gone to the DL.

        And even if everything works out according to plan, you still lost Cano and replaced him with Brian Roberts (who last played 80 games in 2009). So Cano and McCann — perhaps — cancel each other out. Well, for the 120 games that McCann plays.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Not bad, although that was an injury depleted Yankee team.

  5. slaugin - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    He will be long relief spot starter. Dempster was the odd man out of the rotation

    • pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Workman will move up to 6th starter / Long relief. Capuano will be 7th starter / situational relief. This looks to be a cover for the last pitching slot on the roster and a depth move as opposed to someone they are counting on. Of course, if Buchholz goes down, it’s defintely a bigger role.

  6. 18thstreet - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Honestly, I don’t get it. I mean, he’s not that expensive, his fielding independent pitching stats (in 100 innings) were pretty good last year, and he actually had better numbers away from LA than at home. He handles lefties well. And the Red Sox DEFINITELY need five starters to start the year: there’s way fewer days off through the first six weeks of the season than there typically are. So if someone isn’t ready, there would be no choice but to start one of the kids (a move I’d support).

    But it still doesn’t make a ton of sense. Maybe it’s an expensive way to light a fire under Doubront. But Workman seems like a good option at 6th starter. I’d also be open to giving Webster a start with a short leash and letting the bullpen patch together the rest of the game.

    I guess I’m also confused — looking at his surprisingly good numbers from 2013 — why a smaller budget club didn’t offer him a little more money and a guaranteed starting spot. Can’t the Pirates use a guy like this on a contract like that?

    Heck, it’s not my money.

    • spudchukar - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Yeah, I am all over this signing, even though I am not in any way a Sox fan. Give me Capuano over Jimenez or Santana any day.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      A solid pitcher. much beter than many on rosters for more money. Odd he wasn’t picked up by anyone else

      • 18thstreet - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        I think this Joel Sherman piece is a good take. Certainly the best-case scenario. And there’s no HARM in signing a guy like Capuano (for example, Capuano himself) as long as it’s not expensive and not for many years.

        I don’t expect that this deal will matter all that much. But I also thought that the Victorino signing was the dumbest move Boston had made since John Henry took over as owner, so it shows what I know.

  7. pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    This is a minor league deal with an invitation to the major league camp.

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