Dodgers Sign Chris Capuano

The Dodgers announced that they signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a two-year contract that rounds out the team's rotation and may signify the end of Hiroki Kuroda's tenure in Los Angeles. The $10MM deal includes an $8MM mutual option for 2014 and $1MM in incentives. Capuano joins Clayton KershawChad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Nathan Eovaldi in the Dodgers' rotation after a bounce-back season with the Mets. 

“Chris is an established Major League starting pitcher who adds to our staff,” GM Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He made more than 30 starts last season was a reliable part of the Mets rotation.”  

Capuano, who has had two Tommy John surgeries, didn’t pitch in the Major Leagues in 2008 or 2009. He returned to the Brewers in 2010 and pitched effectively, mostly out of the bullpen. Then, in 2011, he posted a 4.55 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 42.7% ground ball rate in 186 innings for the Mets. His unsightly ERA may be deceptive, since xFIP (3.67) and SIERA (3.60) suggest he pitched better. The Moye Sports Associates client placed 33rd on MLBTR’s list of top free agents. Ben Nicholson-Smith projected a two-year, $8MM deal for Capuano when he examined his free agent value earlier in the offseason and MLBTR's Steve Adams correctly predicted the Capuano-Dodgers pairing in MLBTR's free agent prediction contest.

The Dodgers have been aggressive this offseason, signing infielders Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy, catcher Matt Treanor and outfielder Juan Rivera. They also locked up Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160MM extension, so most of Colletti's offseason shopping is likely done.

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio first reported the agreement and its terms (Twitter links) and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times added detail. Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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  1. mmwatkin 4 years ago

    Tigers?

  2. Ryan 4 years ago

    Really want a Jays starter signing. Capuno would be great as he won’t be super expensive, free of trading picks, and would fit well in a 6 man rotation

    • $5427573 4 years ago

      I hope it’s not the Jays, they don’t need a #5-6 starter

    • boo to that. We already have much better arms with which to fill out the 5 spots. The jays could use another arm, but it is of the F.O.R. variety. 

    • Low risk-high reward guy AND an ‘unknown team.’  Sounds like an AA signing to me. Definiltey not the top-of-the-rotation starter that the Jays are looking for though.

      • Tko11 4 years ago

        I wonder how many more times we will have to hear “Sounds like an AA signing to me.” Every post with a mystery team its always an AA signing. Its like this years Yankees, ” I hope he can pitch” thing… 

  3. BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

    2 years and $20MM from Dodgers. $2MM this year, $18MM in 2013.

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      got the 2 years part right…jesus, is he even worth 1 year at $5 million?

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        yes

      • $1529282 4 years ago

        Anybody who can even throw the 186 innings is probably worth $5M on a free agent deal. His peripheral stats are all solid and he misses a lot of bats. You could do a whole lot worse than Capuano as your #5 starter, or even as your #4.

        Only question is if he holds up throughout the course of the deal, but the salary is low enough that he could miss a decent chunk of time and still live up to the value while not crippling their payroll.

        • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

          I just wanted to make fun of how Agent Ned handcuffs himself back giving out extremely backloaded contracts. Cap isn’t bad, buy his numbers suggest he was awful outside of spacious Citi Field. We needed a starter, and he isn’t awful. Best case, we also bring Kuroda back so Cap is the #5 and Eovaldi can develop a little more. Bit our team isnt gonna score any runs, so it really doesn’t matter who’s pitching unless it’s Kershaw.

        • thegrayrace 4 years ago

          The sad part is that he effectively replaces the Dodgers #2 pitcher, Kuroda. (Yes, Kuroda was better than Billingsley.)

          • BruinPirateAnteater 4 years ago

            This has been a disheartening off-season. Seriously, I always have defended Ned, saying he had to be creative to find ways to improve the team on the cheap, since McCourt had Ned’s hands tied, but signing Mark Ellis for practically Carroll money was a bad move. 

            The signing Treanor for a a few million less than what it would have taken to sign Barrajas (when your payroll is 90-100 mill, an extra 3 million is less than a 5% increase) was a shock to me, considering their BAs are similar, except Barajas is good for at least 15HRs  a season (vs Treanors 16 his entire career 8 year career), plus the intangibles like: the fact that he’s worked with this pitching staff for a season and a half and by all indications, our staff felt really comfortable with him catching and the fact that hes a so cal native and really enjoyed playing here.

            Then we sign Kennedy, probably for half a mill less than it would have taken to sign Miles. Sure Kennedy CAN hit a few more HRs than Miles normally does, but he can also hit as few as Miles does, but with a worse BA.

            If signing Cap DOES NOT MEAN we are not signing Kuroda, then this signing is just fine by me. 2 years at $10 mill is not bad. HOWEVER, if signing him means we are not going after Kuroda, then we are going to have some MAJOR issues next year.

            About a week ago, when Ned talked about how he liked how the team shaped up at the end of last season, and that he thought we only needed to address a few areas, I actually agreed. The team went 47-34 in the last 81 games, it was clear all we needed was a few tweeks to become contenders again. But half that team is now gone/probably gone (Carroll, Barajas, Miles, Kuroda).

            The team we are fielding right now has a weaker offense AND weaker pitching than the 47-34 team, so we have not improved the team, we’ve made it worse. So we are still not going to be contenders. 

            So I cant defend Ned, because he did not really cut much payroll, but instead replaced good/very good players with SLIGHTLY cheaper “at least hes not completely horrible” players. If he had just resigned the 47-34 club, I would have been ok with that, because that squad had great chemistry and they played great, who knows how this squad is going to pan out, but statistically, we are worse now than we were at the end of September.

            Now we REALLY need a big bat or we better hope and pray that Kemp can do it again (I am confidant he can), Loney can continue doing what he was doing the second half of last season (I think he can come close and be consistant .290-.300 hitter with 15HRs), Rivera can continue to play like he did when he came to us (less confidant in this, there’s a reason why the Jays let him go, but I will be pulling for him), and MOST IMPORTANTLY, hope Ethier’s vaginitis is cured and he gets back to his .300 AVG 20-25HR former self. If these key guys can all do this, then we might be just fine. But if any of these cogs don’t spin, we are going to be in for a LONG LONG season.

  4. Tacho Bill 4 years ago

    PIRATES.

  5. Dan Gorgone 4 years ago

    Now pitching for PARTS UNKOWN….. I’m sure wrestling legends Mankind, Mr. X and The Shadow will be in the pen ready to back him up.

  6. portsider 4 years ago

    He’s from Massachusetts and the Red Sox need starters.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      left-handed home-run pitcher from the NL = INF fenway ERA

    • Red Sox need to revamp thier whole team……Hello Sweet Carolina WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN BOSTON well actually you guys do and all of us in Halo Nation Love it

      • dc21892 4 years ago

        No, they don’t. Need a few pieces; RH hitter, resign Ortiz, and get some bullpen and starting arms. Other than that, what is left of this team is still as talented as any in the league.

      • John McFadin 4 years ago

        Actually learn something about baseball and its teams before posting.

      • Tko11 4 years ago

        Didnt realize the sox had so many problems…thanks for pointing it out. I still have no doubts that the sox have a better team than the Angels. 

      • Eddie Millhauser 4 years ago

        Don’t bring the Angels into this, although myself being an Angel fan I love seeing the Red Sox lose but this has nothing to do with it. Also you have no idea what you are talking about. The Red Sox talent wise are in great shape. Both the Angels and Sox just need tweaking. For you to say they need to revamp the whole team shows your ignorance.

      • Eddie Millhauser 4 years ago

        Don’t bring the Angels into this, although myself being an Angel fan I love seeing the Red Sox lose but this has nothing to do with it. Also you have no idea what you are talking about. The Red Sox talent wise are in great shape. Both the Angels and Sox just need tweaking. For you to say they need to revamp the whole team shows your ignorance.

  7. Son of A…

    Hey, you know he really could have helped the Orioles!

  8. NomarGarciaparra 4 years ago

    what’s up with this unknown team phenomenon these days

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      Scott Boras has “Mystery Team” trademarked.

  9. i think he’ll be heading to the capital…. Washington nationals

  10. Ryan 4 years ago

    Its the Dogers, 2 years 10 million dollars. The market for starting pitchers is way too strong right now

  11. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Bowden says it’s Doyers.

  12. Blue387 4 years ago

    Padres?

  13. It’s the Dodgers, deal appears to be for 2 years/$10 million

  14. Gumby65 4 years ago

    2 thoughts:
    1-Start countdown for Kuroda to Carp announcement.
    2- Lilly & Capuano: Damn RH HR hitters may be feasting this year.

    • On your 1st thought, maybe Kuroda goes to the Angels? DiPoto has met with Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. That means they won’t have enough money for C.J. Wilson, so practically leaves Kuroda to Angels.

      • Gumby65 4 years ago

        Perhaps, yep, he wouldn’t have to move.

        • monkeydung 4 years ago

          depending on where he lives now, he might. the two stadiums are 32+ miles apart with LA traffic in the way.

  15. It’s funny how some thought it was an AA “type” signing, yet it was a Ned Colletti signing.

    • gradylittle 4 years ago

      Oh the irony. I wonder what their thoughts would’ve been if they knew it was the Dodgers from the beginning. 

    • triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

      Funny how now that it’s Ned who signed him everyone is laughing at the deal.

  16. I hope Stan Conte starts loading up on the Aspirin because the Dodger infield will strain their necks whipping around to look at balls leaving Dodger Stadium with him and Lily on the mound.  

    Ugh, Colletti strikes again. Bye Koruda, it was nice to have you on the team.

    • guydavis 4 years ago

      He is prone to the home run ball but I don’t think it’s a terrible signing.

      • I agree, but like most Colletti caveats it comes with the “too much guaranteed money”. $10 mil is pretty high. I was being somewhat hyperbolic. Good signing, but too much money. 

        • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          Is it ever too little money? Funny how I never hear that.

          • There are times, sure. Bronson Arroyo’s contract with the Sox was perceived as “too little” or a “home town discount” as it is were. They are few and far between however. 

            My issue stems in that Ned seems to bid against himself quite a bit. In this case he had the Twins in it as well, but he seems to over-inflate a players worth; higher than the market dictates. 

            I know he isn’t alone when doing this, but since I am a Dodger fan I really only care about what he does.

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            You’ve pretty much summarized my problem with this thinking about salaries. We’ve got almost no “too little,” not very much “about right,” and a whole lot of “way too much.” Them is some crazy statistics.

          • OCAngels 4 years ago

            Weaver’s contract.  Halos might be signing Wilson for more $ to not be our ace

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            Weaver’s contract on an annual basis is what should have been expected. What seemed to shock many is the number of years. Sure, he could have had more years, but I’ve argued that the way he structured it gives him another shot at free agency while he’s still in his prime. So no, that wasn’t “too little.” Don’t get your comment on Wilson.

  17. Payaso 4 years ago

    This guy any good? Stats? 

  18. Lefties take longer to figure it out (e.g. Cliff Lee & every left-handed reliever) but 2 yrs is a little surprising.  Especially with Kuroda a FA, and they only gave Garland a 1yr deal last year.

  19. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    No way he deserves 10 million over 2 years. a serious over pay.

  20. Tacho Bill 4 years ago

    Sadly, he would have been one of the better pitchers on the Pirates’ staff. Oh well.

  21. greggofboken 4 years ago

    Capuano’s best value would have been as a long reliever in the Darren Oliver mode.  His future is not as an effective starter.  LA just bought themselves a whole bunch of 5th and 6th inning problems for the next two years.

    • chicothekid 4 years ago

      You can say that again.  I watched way too much of him last year on the Mets, and he does really well the first time through the lineup, and then it all falls apart, really fast.  He’s lucky to get through 6, real lucky, and will put a strain on ANY bullpen.  The Mets knew he was best served as a long man in the pen, and wanted him for the purpose, but he found the desperate team, and now I feel sorry for Dodgers fans for the next two years.  Not the worst signing of all time, but it’s not gonna help you either.

  22. Thomas W 4 years ago

    The Angels really ought to jump at signing Kuroda, he really wants to play in LA. If not the Angels, Seattle or San Diego ought to at least make an offer. Kuroda is seriously underrated, I imagine Dipoto being familiar with him from his AZ days means he at least makes an offer.

  23. vtadave 4 years ago

    Mark Cuban probably just dropped his planned bid down a few notches.  So for the cost of Capuano, Rivera, and Kennedy (about $10mm), the Dodgers instead likely could have featured Kuroda, Sands, and Sellers.

  24. Evan Olson 4 years ago

    WHY NED WHY? He should have just not signed Rivera and Ellis and we could have brought Kuroda back. Colletti is horrible.

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      It’s sort of like when you know you’re leaving a company and you don’t care about staying in their good graces.  Why not drop a few grenades as you prepare to be walked out the door? Of course if he wants another GM job after the new owner fires him, this isn’t exactly the best way to pad a resume.

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      What gives you any reason to be so sure? Kuroda may yet go back to Japan. He was thinking about that last year too, which is why he signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers when he easily could have had two.

      • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

        If Kuroda goes back to Japan, it’s because he couldn’t stay in LA, not because he wanted to go home. I read somewhere he’s bought a house in LA, his kids are in a great school… The Dodgers just should not have wasted millions on replacement level players and brought Kuroda back!

        • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          I’m just going to refer to my original post so as not to repeat myself.

        • What he is saying is that we don’t know Kuroda coming back was a given. He had already said he was thinking about heading back to Japan. There are plenty of other problems with Ned without having to blame him for things that he cannot control. 

      • Evan Olson 4 years ago

        If that’s the case that money at least could have been better used elsewhere.

  25. BlueLA 4 years ago

    UGH, Ned being Ned.  

  26. Super_Hero 4 years ago

    Chris ERA is not deceptive. He doesn’t last long. He will have 3 good innings then explode. He usually exploded by the 5th inning.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      So he’s the AJ Burnett of the National League?

      • daveineg 4 years ago

        Capuano is a bullpen killer.  He’ll get you 2 times through an order and look out.  His ERA in the 6th inning was over 8 last year.  He had the same problem in Milwaukee before and after his injury.  He might fare ok in Dodger stadium, but he’s one of those guys who is just good enough to get you beat.

  27. doyers 4 years ago

    at lesst this takes up the hole in the dodgers rotation but it would have nice to have kuroda back.This signing means that Kuroda is probably going back to japan and pitch for the carps.5 million a yr is to much since capuano singed a 1 yr contract with the METS for 1.5 million.

    • John McFadin 4 years ago

      That was BEFORE he had a successful season.

  28. Alex 4 years ago

    *spits out water* Ten million dollars?? This guy was pitching for peanuts last year!

    • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

      Ever asked why he was pitching for peanuts? He was coming off two years of being hurt. Therefore he got peanuts. Had a decent and healthy year, there for he gets a decent contract. Cone on guys…

  29. tycobb 4 years ago

    Is it me or does that seem like alot of coin….

  30. MonsterPike 4 years ago

    LoL!!  How is an ERA “Deceptive”? Earned runs are what he gave up &/or were charged to him… He shouldn’t have left runners on for another pitcher to inherit… especially in scoring position… 

    Now won/loss records are deceptive, because it takes an offense to score runs for the pitcher… & a defense to help prevent them against…

    • See your statement about defense. 

      • MonsterPike 4 years ago

        Errors do not count as “Earned”…

        • No but a slow player not getting to a ball an average speed player would get to, does. 

          • MonsterPike 4 years ago

            LoLZ!!!  I’d say that’s a bit of a stretch… So which of those hits that scored runs should have been caught & by who???  LoL!!  He went out to the mound knowing who was playing behind him… location location location.. ***shrugs & moves on***

          • Not any more of a stretch then your statement. With that logic, any player should be able to play any position, really. If it just about “location location location” then players could arbitrarily be placed anywhere because if the ball is a “hit” then it’s the pitchers fault.  

            I’m not saying a pitcher is blameless. That’s a ridiculous argument. But so is saying a pitcher controls everything except errors. 

          • MonsterPike 4 years ago

            Last I checked you can’t put a fielder in the bleachers to catch those HR balls, or should those have been caught too…? LoL!!  27 runs of his 99 last yr. were from the HR hitter stepping on the dish…  How many were on from his 53 walks… Then how many of the rest were actually because a guy didn’t get a ball he was supposed have gotten… Get real…

          • The advanced stats that you don’t pay attention to can help answer those questions. The circle is complete. 

          • Let me try taking a stab at it.  ERA can be deceptive because of unearned runs.  Yes, the fielder is at fault for making an error and giving the other team an extra out.  But that doesn’t excuse the pitcher from getting the next batter out.  If a pitcher has a complete meltdown & gives up 5 runs after an error, none of them are considered “earned”.  ERA looks squeaky clean, but the pitcher pitched like crap & didn’t get debited for it.

          • Yankees420 4 years ago

            You’re doing it wrong.

  31. triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

    Surprisingly, I’m okay with this deal. Everyone needs to relax, just because it isn’t a top notch pitcher doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal.

    The only thing I’m not okay with is that Kuroda isn’t coming back now…

    Crossing my fingers that he retires and doesn’t sign with the Angels.

  32. hallwagner 4 years ago

    waaaayyy to much money for capuano. he’s making yearly what he should for the duration of this deal. 2 years 5 mil would have been better

    • triple_play_baseball 4 years ago

      he’s only making $2.5MM more a year than what you would think would be okay. Not that bad of an overpay. If he could repeat last years performance as a 4/5 starter, it would be a great deal.

  33. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    All I can say is that I’m relieved that he didn’t accept the Twins offer. The Twins need a number 1, 2, or 3 starter, not a worse version of Carl Pavano.

  34. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    looks like the dodgers are content surrounding kershaw and kemp with a buncha trash like kennedy and capuano. what a joke

    • McCourt can’t afford payroll.. why even bring stuff like this up? Call out Ned for spending 4 million dollars on Rivera when Dejesus cost 5 mil a year

  35. vtadave 4 years ago

    Careful.  Kennedy stinks, but Capuano had a solid year – 8.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9.

    • Im fine with this as long as Kuroda doesn’t sign with Anaheim.

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        What do you know, we agree again. I think the earth just shifted on its axis!

      • Shu13 4 years ago

        I’m hoping this signing keeps them from signing Kuroda and the Angels can convince him LA is only 30 miles away and Scioscia drives from there….lol

    • baseball1010 4 years ago

      Little concererned with Capuano giving up 27 home runs and pitching in the biggest park in baseball.

      • We got Lilly, Capuano should take comfort knowing he won’t lead the team this season

      • Shu13 4 years ago

        Well since NYM and LAD both had 97 PPF/BPF this past season….his home stats shouldn’t be a concern and he will get to pitch against the   Pads and Giants(weak hitters) also both good pitchers parks….They should skip his spot when rolling thru Colo though….lol

  36. As a Twins fan I am SOOOOOOOOO GLAD that Minnesota wasn’t able to sign Capuano. The Twins really don’t need a 33-yr old left-handed Carl Pavano – especially one who’s had TJ surgery! Twins have enough issues to deal with concerning getting their own in-house TJ surgery pitcher Liriano back to form. Get serious Twins!!!

  37.  my god colletti is a gd genious. second coming of billy beane!! Adam Kenndy, Mark Ellis, Matt Treanor, Chris Capuano, Juan Uribe, Juan Rivera, James Loney, Dee Gordon, Aj Ellis, wow!! what a collection of players
    +-

  38. thegrayrace 4 years ago

    I think this is a decent signing. The contract is very reasonable by Ned’s standards. But my problem with this is that the end result (assuming we don’t sign Kuroda, Wilson or Buehrle) will be a downgrade from the 2011 rotation. 

  39. IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

    Here is what I don’t understand.  Everybody is ripping Colletti for every signing he makes or doesn’t make.  Complain about Rivera, Ellis (2b) and, Treanor, Kennedy.  Complain when we aren’t using Sands, Sellers, Ellis (C) and DeJesus.  Then believe that because of these signings, we can’t bring back Kuroda.  

    So the logic is that we shell out 10 mil for Kuroda, but field a team of young unproven players, some if not all of whom would be better served in the minors.  This means that the team is not going to be competitive next year, because half the team is learning on the job.

    OR

    We sign the aforementioned guys, but not Kuroda and field a veteran team that may or may not be that good.  This allows the younger guys to play and develop and possibly win a job mid-season.

    Either way, the belief is that the Dodgers are not going to be that competitive (despite signs to the contrary late last year).  Yet everyone here knows better than Colletti how to assess talent and sign players.

    All this griping stems from the idea that the Dodgers are now magically out of money to sign Kuroda or another free agent (which I don’t really believe is the case), but the team will be bad either way.  Or am I missing something? (like if we sign Kuroda NOW we will suddenly have a good team?)

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      Stated to perfection. The bottom line is (assuming this is not precisely what you are implying): complain, complain, complain. No matter what else happens, complain. In fact I remember all too well about how many complaints we heard last year when Colletti signed Kuroda. Half of the comments were about how Ned spent “way too much” for him. So where were those jokers when half the teams in contention wanted to trade for Kuroda down the stretch? Okay, so now he’s indispensable. I get it. Sort of.

      And then what happens if the Dodgers choose not to sign a bunch of middling  journeyman to plug the gaps and instead play a bunch of unproven and/or mediocre A-ball guys? Even more gripes.

      The complainers, they got all the bases covered. 

      • toomanyhatz 4 years ago

        Right on all counts, except I really do believe that Rivera was an undeniable overpay.  They were bidding against themselves on that one.  I was suspicious about letting Barajas get away until I saw what he actually signed for. 

        Ellis could turn out OK.  I think they made the right choice there- they may have overpaid (a bit) but I think he’s got more upside than Clint Barmes (who got more, and is another low OBP guy- in Colorado to boot!)

        As for Capuano (and Lilly for that matter), name me the more experienced pitcher making less who’s not under team control or coming off an injury and needing to re-establish their value.  Pitchers cost more than they should, but it’s an MLB-wide phenomenon.  The Dodgers certainly didn’t invent it, nor are they any more guilty of it than anyone else.

        • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          I dunno. I think we can’t intelligently comment on the player market because we’re not dealing in it ourselves. We can only know what happens, not how or why it happened. Pitchers cost what they do because, as you astutely noted, they are in short supply. From everything we’ve seen over the past few years, a journeyman starting pitcher getting about $5m/year is not at all shocking. Pretty much par value in fact.

      • thegrayrace 4 years ago

        I don’t remember a single complaint about Kuroda’s contract last season. In fact, I remember most of us being grateful that Kuroda seemed to resign at a discounted rate of what he likely could have gotten elsewhere.

        Lilly and Uribe’s contracts were a different story. They were bad then and are still bad today.

        • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          It’s too bad we can’t go back to old threads because I recall plenty of complaints about the Kuroda signing. Sure some of us knew better (I assume you did), but I remember having to argue with lots of people (probably mostly not NLW fans) about whether he was worth “that much.” As for Uribe, I know I can’t win this argument since everybody obviously knew in advance that he’d be injured and suck last year, but no matter what anyone says, the Giants offered him almost the same deal he signed in LA. I don’t know how you get around that fact, but you are welcome to try. In Lilly’s case, what do mid-rotation left-handed starting pitchers normally get? Less than $10m a season? A lot less? I look at his performance and I don’t see the problem.

          • Yankees420 4 years ago

            You can go back to old threads, search “Dodgers resign Kuroda” in the MLBTR search bar. 

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Halfway through your comment I was thinking “right, why would the Dodgers sign anyone… They will suck” but then I was like “Matt Kemp is really good” Ethier can hit to. Put then in the middle with some roll players and ok pitching… You never know.

      • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

        I may be one of the only people who thinks that the Dodgers will be competitive this year.  Will I bet they will win the WS?  No.  But as for them being a solid contender late, I am confident they will do well enough to consider a deadline deal that may put them in the playoffs.  This division is wide open.  There is no clear cut favorite, so there is legitimate hope.

        And as you said, Kemp and Ethier are solid.  But let’s not forget about the improvements that others can and surely will make.  I am not a Uribe fan and am one who criticized the deal from the start, but he had a far worse season than anyone could have predicted (injuries not withstanding).  Factor in a full season of Gordon and typical Loney production and this team should be able to scrape some wins together to at the very least be competitive.

        Plus I think with an extra year of experience, Mattingly is only going to get better as a manager, which is awesome!

    • you speak the truth, but I love to make fun of the dodgers whether I have  a valid argument or not, I’m not even a dodger fan. But, I do think the dodgers really screwed themselves. They’re in Los Angeles for goodness sake.

      • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 4 years ago

        That is cool, I do the same to the Giants and Padres.  I am more upset with those “fans” who complain just because that is the only thing they know how to do.  I mean some folks would complain about a lineup that features Pujols, Cano, Reyes, Longoria, Kemp, McCutcheon, Granderson, and Posey.  Throw in a rotation of Kershaw, Halladay, Sabathia, Lee, Lester and they will still have something to gripe about.  

        Nothing is good enough.

  40. ajburnout 4 years ago

    Wow their really doing great

  41. toomanyhatz 4 years ago

    By Ellis I meant Mark, not AJ.  Let me also add that the “let the kids play” folks would be the first to complain when DeJesus (Ivan Jr., not David) and Sellers turn out to be marginal players (which they will).  It wasn’t perfect but their off-season could have gone a lot worse.  Kemp in the middle of the lineup with a healthy Ethier and any two of Sands, Rivera and Loney really doesn’t look so bad to me.  And if you get the Uribe of 2010?  Better still.

    • i completly agree the way i see it this line up can be like 2009’s but better look

      ss dee gordon better than furcal
      2b mark ellis about the same as orlando hudson
      3b juan uribe can be better than blake
      Cf kemp will be even better and will go 40-40
      Rf ethier needs to stay away from injurys and he can hit 25-30 bombs
      1b james loney hopefully found his power stroke and can hit 15-20 hrs
      Lf juan revira is the same as manny
      c aj ellis is worse than russel martin

  42. How are the Dodgers pulling money out of their asses like this?

  43. DK_hits_20 4 years ago

    He’s had 2 Tommy John surgeries, he’s only played one full season in the past 4 years and he gets a two year deal? Worth $10 million???

  44. Orlandojjk 4 years ago

    Why Capuano? We have enough lefties in the rotation as it is. He’s probably gonna get hurt again and make us look like fools. I still hope we sign Kuroda because this is what I least expected.

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      What else do you see in your crystal ball? Any good stock tips?

  45. “The Dodgers have been aggressive this offseason, signing infielders Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy, catcher Matt Treanor and outfielder Juan Rivera. They also locked up Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160MM extension, so most of Colletti’s offseason shopping is likely done.”Obviously love Kemp… but funny every single of one of these “aggressive” signings are mediocre/average players from non-contending teams… i’m not giving Treanor credit as a Ranger… add Cap to that group. Oh, and most of them are overpaid. 

    • kidsmoke96 4 years ago

      Seriously, LA could have spent the same amount of money for one year to keep Kuroda instead of Cappy, Rivera and the other backups. This is something that KC would do. And not even KC would do this anymore.

      I’m a huge Capuano fan. He’s battled to come back how many times? But I was shocked that he got $5M per year. I think he’s a #5 SP at this stage.

  46. I think with mark cuban as the owner in 2013 our line up will look like this our payroll could increase from 90 mil to 150 mil

    ss dee gordon
    2b mark ellis
    CF Matt Kemp
    Lf Josh Hamilton
    1B Kevin Youkilis
    3B Juan Uribe
    Rf Jerry Sands
    C Tim Federowicz

    • kidsmoke96 4 years ago

      I’d love to see Cuban own a team. And I’m not a Dodger fan. But he’s still a businessman and he would be shelling out a lot of money to pull in Hamilton and Youk. Not to mention pitching. 

  47. chee1rs 4 years ago

    decent , sort of

  48. chee1rs 4 years ago

    decent , sort of

  49. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Except that Jeremy Guthrie exists.

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