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Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 4:50 pm
Chris CapuanoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Dodgers have signed left-hander Chris Capuano, the team announced on Friday. senior writer Danny Knobler confirms the deal is worth two years and $10 million.

Capuano, 34, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 33 games and 31 starts with the Mets last season, his first after Tommy John surgery. He was 44-48 with a 4.34 in the previous five seasons in Milwaukee.

The Dodgers already have Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly at the top of the rotation and have also been talking to Jeff Francis and Aaron Harang. The team could also use rookie Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. 

The Dodgers have apprently lost hope in re-signing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who didn't want to take a paycut from the $12.5 million he made last season. Kuroda could return to Japan, a place where he'd surely take a paycut. Reports in Japan say he's been offered $3.86 million (300 million Yen) to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp in 2012.

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:28 am

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Wouldn't you rather have Mike Pelfrey, No oh.  As a Met's fan sorry to see him go.  He had a solid season with us, yes his stats are not great but neither are the Mets!  Well got to get to the phone and see if Oliver Perez will come back.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:00 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Ok genius you explain how a pitcher with an 11-12 record & 4+ ERA with ONE winning season in his career-2005 is worth it. If he was a right hander he`d be out of the league or in a bullpen. While I`m educating you consider Citi Field is pitcher friendly and he was creamed for 8 multi HR allowed games.  How the hell does a mostly empty Dodger Stadium somehow help him pitch better???
Go look at his stats vs. NL West 0-4 vs SF & Rockies. Also 2-0 vs woeful Astros to get to 11-12. Get a clue and realize Capuano is a jobber just like you. I`m sure if you were Dodger GM you`d add some other quality aces maybe Brian Moeller or Kyle Davies. What a joke!  

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:29 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Ugh!! Once again the Dodgers sign mediocrity.  The last few years this is happening way too often.  Uribe, Barrajas, Blake, Lilly, etc... This organization obviously doesn't understand the concept of valued free agents.  Instead, they would rather oversign a mediocre (at best) player and make him look like one of the premier players out there to boost their own baseball self-esteem.  Capuano is a $2.5 mil at best value, but by over-valueing him it just makes the Dodger "look" better than they really are.  If they have 60 million to spend, why not go out and SPEND on somebody worth it.  If it wasnt for their farm system, this team would be heading into the direction of the Pirates.

Thanks again Dodgers for making this Dodger fan simply want more than mediocrity.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:35 am

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

As a lifelong Brewers fan, I am happy to see Cappy continue to get work and be a starting pitcher. Always knew he was a good lefty with some iffy run support in his days but everywhere he goes I wish him success. Unless, of course, he's pitching against the Brewers that day... ;)

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:36 am

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

...spoken like a guy who doesn't know what he's talking about.  Capuano pitched much better than those surface stats indicate.  I won't bother educating you as to why.  Going to Dodger Stadium will only help him.  That's not an expensive contract and I bet he will be well worth it.  Good thing you aren't the Dodgers' GM. 

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:28 am

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

how do do you give a guy who was 11 and 12 with a 4.55 era 2 years and 10 mil, he sucks , the next owner needs to fire the Dodgers GM because he sucks , he does not eveb try to sign good players he only sighns benchworms 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:54 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Probably have to agree with all these Dodger fans. A journeyman workhorse (if that) doesn't put you over the top. More interesting might be what MacGuyver solution for a pitching staff the New York Metropolitans are going to piece together. There are only so many RA Dickey reclamation projects that work, and they're talking about trading Mike Pelfrey. If Santana does make it back for 160 innings, they have about a third of their starts covered for 2012. Get to work, Alderson!

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:37 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

This signing is a head scratcher. Hopefully the Dodgers wise up and say he failed his physical and nullify this thing. They should sign a few guys at a million a pop and hope to catch lightning in a bottle. This signing is just silly.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:24 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

To be the 100 millionth person to say it, Chris Capuano is NOT worth 5 million a year. Last year for him was one of the best of his career, he doesn't usually pitch like that. Which isn't such a high ceiling to begin with.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:21 pm

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

The dodgers were paying kurode $12 mil a season to go .500. If they get the same from this new guy then they're ahead $7mill. Seriously, good pitching is not falling out of the trees, if you want what's out there you gotta pay thru the a$$ for it and that's what the dodgers are did. They have about $60mil to spend this year and they just spend $5 mil of it for a starting pitcher.

I agree with you to a point.  Problem is, you have to look past Kuroda's won/loss record last year....he did have a 3.07 ERA to Capuano's 4.55 (It's not Kuroda's fault LA did not score any runs for him).  Not the same at all really, but if they are cutting payroll from 110million to about 90million as predicted, then Kuroda was simply too expensive at $12.5million he made last year so $5/yr as the #4 or #5 starter for Capuano is not that bad a deal.

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