Chris Capuano Clears Waivers

According to Buster Olney, Mets pitcher Chris Capuano has cleared waivers and can be dealt to any team. Could the Mets get anything in return for him at this point?

There was a point when I thought Capuano had value on the trade market, but his recent outings haven’t done too much to enhance it. Though, there are a few contending teams that can use a pitcher like him for the stretch run. Capuano is a lock to go five innings in every start he makes, and that’s worth something — particularly to a team that has lost a starter (such as the Diamondbacks, who are now without Jason Marquis).

Possible landing spots for Capuano were mentioned here a few weeks ago. Some of those teams have acquired a starting pitcher since then, but there are still a couple perusing the market.

What do you think? Does Capuano have any value at this point? If he does, should the Mets pull the trigger? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Garett V. August 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    I like Cap in the rotation but idk what we get in return except youth, which at this point since i don’t see a pennant for 3-5 years
  2. SiddFinch August 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    They should try to move him, see what they’re offered. A lefty arm is always needed by teams.
  3. Joe August 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
    If he had much value, and that wouldn’t be much, I’d think some team would have claimed him. If someone offers something of some value (including someone who might amount to nothing, but there is a credible shot otherwise), sure. If all you are going to get for him is a nobody, just getting rid of him to get a nobody doesn’t really seem the way to go. The little value of a few more watchable games overrides that.
  4. Jimmy Prinzler August 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    I wish they could have done that to Isringhausen!! We signed Cap for 1.5M plus incentives so I guess Cap is worth around 1.75M. It’s win-win situation because we may get lower prospect maybe middle and it’s worth the risk. Hoping we can land one of reliever for Cap deal. We neeeeeeeeed help in bullpen. I am envy of Joe Smith and O`Day. Imagine if we still have those guys? Lights outs and more wins for our starters that’s for sure!!
    • Joe August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm
      Someone is going to give us that sort of thing (a decent MLB ready reliever who the Mets will control for next year) for a six week rental?
  5. Joe August 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    “Jason Bay, Chris Capuano, D.J. Carrasco, Willie Harris and Angel Pagan have cleared waivers, a source told”

    Interesting assortment. What about the others?