Veteran left-hander Chris Capuano started the offseason in search of a multi-year deal, finding little serious interest in what proved to be a challenging market for most of the available pitchers. Capuano finally lowered those demands in recent weeks, before ultimately agreeing to a deal with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The deal is pending a physical.
Capuano will reportedly earn $2.25 Million, with incentives that could bring the total value to $5 Million.
Having spent the past two seasons primarily as a starter with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Capuano figures to compete for the role that Ryan Dempster was projected to fill in the bullpen for Boston before announcing on Sunday that he would not pitch in 2014. Dempster’s decision stemmed from a combination of health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. Capuano will be the team’s long reliever and spot starter, offering up an additional left-handed option in the event that the team runs into a string of extra-innings games. Capuano does have some limited experience out of the bullpen (his last season spent primarily in relief was 2010) but has mainly been a starter throughout his career.
He holds a career record of 73-83, with a 4.27 ERA and 1.339 WHIP across 1267.2 IP. The West Springfield, Massachusetts native has spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, and Dodgers since making his debut during the 2003 season.
A two-time survivor of Tommy John surgery, Capuano gives the Red Sox an experienced veteran option that could help provide depth in multiple roles. He’ll also cost the team a fraction of what Dempster had been owed ($13.25 Million) for the upcoming season.