The Yankees have designated lefty Chris Capuano for assignment, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports (Twitter links). Righty Caleb Cotham will be recalled to take his active roster spot.
Capuano hits the DFA wire after a rough outing yesterday, in which he gave up five earned runs on five walks and three hits while recording just two outs. Over 31 total innings on the year, he’s posted a 6.97 ERA with 8.7 K/9 against 4.4 BB/9. After missing time early on, Capuano has worked mostly from the pen, though he’s also made four starts.
The 36-year-old is playing on a one-year, $5MM contract signed as a free agent. Obviously, New York has not received quite the value it hoped for out of that deal. The club is said to be at least considering a move to add another arm at the deadline.
This is a time to celebrate!
Even blind baseball fans saw this one coming after yesterday’s disaster.
With the Yankees you never know though. I think he should’ve been DFA’d a long time ago. Hell, he should’ve never been signed to begin with. 5 million? Wow.
Before an appearance last week, he had pitched only 5 innings the previous month.
5 million for 31 IP. I don’t know what Cashman was thinking. Depth? Just call up a kid from AAA. He’ll provide you with the same output for a fraction of the cost. Just money down the drain.
Yes depth. He wasn’t too bad for the Yankees last year.
He was average at best. My point is that they could’ve easily gotten average for minimum salary from their pitching depth in AAA. There was just no need to waste 5 million on a guy like Capuano.
I understand, though $5 Mil isn’t as valued high as it used to be. He’s gone through so no complaints from me 🙂
Now I’m waiting for the Rangers corresponding DFA of Wandy Rodriguez. He was worse than Capuano last night, somehow.
Interested parties: Can be had for enough Gatorade and Sunflower seeds to restock the dugouts
Not related, but I just read the Yankees rejected a Kimbrel for Mateo deal.
I don’t follow prospects a lot, only pretty much been reading up on Severino and Judge. What do you think about them rejecting that deal?
I don’t have a problem either way. Mateo plays a premium position (SS) and has tons of speed (70 SB in only 91 games), but he’s only in A ball right now
Since the bullpen is not an area of Need for the Yankees, I can’t complain about it all that much.
I don’t think it was a straight up swap though. I think it was Mateo + for a Kimbrel. Who knows what the plus was.
Certainly not a Yankee fan (O’s), but it would be interesting to see the Yanks acquire Chapman to close out the game. Miller and Betances have each been great out of the Closer’s role this season, but Chapman has far more experience. By acquiring Chapman you would also have three different looks out of the bullpen, and the last three innings+ would be lockdown in a Yankees ‘pen that doesn’t have any household names with the exclusion of Miller and Betances. Miller with the devastating slurve pitch, Betances with the nasty offspeed and overpowering fastball, and of course Chapman with 99-105 MPH out of the ‘pen with a rarely used slider available if necessary. Miller/Betances can be used accordingly and match up with any lineup from the 7th inning on, and then Chapman there to overpower hitters in the 9th. Certainly contending with (and possibly passing?) the likes of the Royals three headed-monster from the past two seasons in Herrera, Davis and Holland, and the O’s pen of last year featuring Miller, O’Day and Britton.
Not to mention if one is being overworked (which Joe Girardi is known to do) then one can have the day off without effecting much of anything because of the depth of the shutdown pitchers in the bullpen.
Giardi is most anal manager in baseball about rest it’s ridiculous too. He rests position players far too much.
Girardi is not known to overwork pitchers. Name one example of that, it never happened.
Might be confusing Joe there. Girardi never lets anyone pitch over 2 days in a row from the pen. Torre on the other hand….. *cough Scott Proctor cough*
No Chapman on Yankees to costly