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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132 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Chris Capuano"


mmwatkin
3 years 8 months ago

Tigers?

Ryan
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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. 

3 years 8 months ago

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
Tko11
3 years 8 months 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… 

BrocNessMonster
3 years 8 months ago

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

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

yes

$1529282
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

BruinPirateAnteater
3 years 8 months 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.

Tacho Bill
3 years 8 months ago

PIRATES.

Dan Gorgone
3 years 8 months 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.

3 years 8 months ago

you forgot The Missing Link

portsider
3 years 8 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

Actually learn something about baseball and its teams before posting.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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.

3 years 8 months ago

Son of A…

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

bacboris
3 years 8 months ago

Everyone could help the Orioles. Thats kind of why they are the Orioles.

3 years 8 months ago

You have got me there, Partner!

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

what’s up with this unknown team phenomenon these days

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Scott Boras has “Mystery Team” trademarked.

3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

i say 2yrs @ 14million w/ club option for 3rd year

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

ouch

Ryan
3 years 8 months ago

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

Gumby65
3 years 8 months ago

Bowden says it’s Doyers.

Blue387
3 years 8 months ago

Padres?

3 years 8 months ago

No.

Blue387
3 years 8 months ago

But I was close! I got the right division!

3 years 8 months ago

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

Gumby65
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months ago

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

monkeydung
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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

gradylittle
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
BlueSkyLA
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
BlueSkyLA
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 8 months 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.

Payaso
3 years 8 months ago

This guy any good? Stats? 

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

The Internet has stats.

wintwins
3 years 8 months ago

oh the world wide web

3 years 8 months ago

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.

coolstorybro222
3 years 8 months ago

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

Tacho Bill
3 years 8 months ago

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