Where to Shop Chris Capuano
It’s questionable whether the Mets will trade Capuano to a pennant-contending team. I have read some reports that the Mets may stick with Capuano through the end of the year because a) he could become a Type B free agent, and therefore net the Mets a sandwich pick in next year’s draft; b) the team may want to re-sign him to another one-year, inexpensive deal; and/or c) the front office does not want the fan base to think the organization is throwing in the towel on the season.
Hmm … first of all, I don’t understand how the Type A / Type B status works, but if indeed there is a GOOD chance that Capuano makes Type B, then I can see why the Mets may hold on to him. As for re-signing him to another one-year deal, I’m not sure why Capuano would do that. He has proven to be a workhorse, a solid #4 starter, and he’s lefthanded. On the open market he should elicit plenty of interest and should be able to get at least a 2-year deal for much more than the $1.5M discount he’s getting this year. Further, I would think he’d want to move on to a team that has a shot at the playoffs if possible — and the Mets aren’t going to be one of those teams in 2012. Finally, I’m not buying the idea that the front office is worried about the fan base — particularly now that Beltran has been dealt. The most “in-tune” fans realized the season was over when K-Rod was sent packing, and only be more convinced of the reality. The casual fan — meaning, the people who don’t read Mets blogs every day (and that accounts for at least 75% of the fan base) — could not tell Chris Capuano from Jerry Koosman, and certainly wouldn’t blink if they heard Capuano was traded away. That part of the fan base will miss Beltran, will miss Jose Reyes, would notice if David Wright wasn’t around, but wouldn’t care about Capuano.
My guess is that if another team makes a worthwhile offer, the Mets will be happy to trade Capuano. There are several teams that could use a starter of his ilk — namely, the Yankees, Reds, Indians, Tigers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks. The Tigers and Indians would seem to be the most likely landing spots, though for whatever reason I keep envisioning Capuano in a Yankees uniform. The Cardinals would seem to be out of the running now that they have acquired Edwin Jackson, but one never knows. From what I’ve heard, the Indians were in the bidding for Jackson, and still shopping for a starter.
What do you think? Is Chris Capuano on the block? Should he be? What teams might be interested in his services? Share your thoughts in the comments.