The Boston Red Sox bolstered their pitching depth Thursday with the signing of veteran left-hander Chris Capuano. The Sox and Capuano agreed to one a one-year minor league deal worth a guranteed $2.25 million, per numerous sources.
His contract includes an invitation to the major league camp and incentives that could boost his earnings to $5 million. Boston announced that the deal is pending a physical.
With Ryan Dempster suddenly announcing that he would be sitting out the 2014 season, the Red Sox were left with a void in their arsenal of arms. Capuano, a nine-year veteran, will provide the club with many of the same charateristics in which Dempster had exhibited.
Capuano, 35, has bounced around the majors over the course of his career. He’s pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, and had spent his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The lefty’s best season occured in 2005 when he was an 18 game winner with Milwaukee. Capuano fanned 176 batters, posted a 3.99 ERA and logged 219 innings that year. He missed significant time last season having sustained numerous injuries.
Now Capuano is not a pitcher who overpowers hitters. He’s a finesse thrower. His deceptive delivery of the baseball keeps hitters off balance. He’ll mainly throw fastballs, changeups and sliders. Capuano also possesses a tremendous pick-off move. He once nabbed 12 baserunners in one season.
The Seattle Mariners were engaged in serious talks with Capuano over the past couple of days. The Red Sox wisely moved in to acquire him. He will undoubtedly provide the Sox with reliable pitching and should be able to eat up inngings when called upon.
Coming to Boston will be a homecoming of sorts. Capuano is a native of West Springfield, Massachusetts.