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Yankees acquire left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies

Jul 24, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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The Yankees announced this evening that they have acquired veteran left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.

This is just the latest move by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who has added the likes of Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis, and David Huff as the club attempts to get by after a number of injuries in their starting rotation. Capuano originally began the season in a relief role with the Red Sox, but he was given his release at the end of June after posting a 4.55 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old quickly latched on with the Rockies and posted a 2.79 ERA over four starts in Triple-A.

A little depth never hurt anybody, but Capuano is known as a fly ball pitcher, which isn’t the best attribute in Yankee Stadium. Cashman figures to keep looking for upgrades on the pitching front in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And into August for that matter.

  1. mattinglyschmidt - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Does YSIII play as a homerun park for lefty pitchers? I know it has a short RF porch, but deep LF/CF (maybe no Death Valley anymore, but still…).

    Kuroda, Phelps, McCarthy, Greene, Capuano, with Whitley and Francis as depth and maybe Pineda sometime in August? Not God-awful.

    But really, all the Yankees have needed lately is a “get me to the 6th” starter – with Warren, Kelley, Betances and Robertson looking like a refurbished Nelson, Stanton, Rivera, Wetteland 7th-9th combo platter.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      The pitching staff right now is horrid. Pineda could help, but until he proves he can stay healthy, he’s nothing more than the 2014 version of Carl Pavano. The guy is an ace waiting to happen, but he has been on the DL more than the field for nearly 2 seasons. I agree that the bullpen looks good, but let’s not start comparing them to that crew!

      • johnnysoda - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Robertson’s had 25 saves from 27 opportunities (putting him on pace for 40 saves on the season), and Betances has a 1.49 ERA. That’s a shutdown back half of the bullpen. In terms of starters, Greene’s been promising so far, McCarthy’s been sharp during his Yankee tenure, and the other three are functional.

        It’s not exactly the dream team, but it’s far from horrid.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Nobody is knocking the bullpen…I just don’t think anyone should put them up there with a pen that won titles until they do it. 8th and 9th innings are lockdown, but all Yankee fans know that regular season numbers don’t mean squat without a title. McCarthy has had what…two starts? C’mon. I’ll leave it at this…if their pitching (and we’re talking starting pitching here) isn’t horrid, then why is Cashman and ownership going after so many pitchers? Let’s be real here. Pitching is a necessity in the playoffs, we don’t have what it takes right now and you’re only fooling yourself to think we do.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        horrid? every night they dominate. They are the best staff since the 90’s braves. Mccarthy is MUCH better than kershaw

  2. csbanter - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Cashman patchwork seems to be working.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Looks like an effort to get the team into the playoffs by using duct tape.

  4. bigjimatch - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Bartolo Colon for Jeter and cash. Win-win for both teams. Mets get the cash, plus the revenue generated from Jeter’s last season, Yanks get to ditch the dead weight caused by keeping Jeets in the lineup and field.

  5. rcali - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Ugh, “hey you paying for those expensive seats behind home plate, your team just got Chris Capuano!”

  6. ctony1216 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Scary thought: Capuano pitching in Yankee Stadium vs. Oriole or Blue Jay lineups with playoffs on the line.

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