Capuano May Follow the Swallows
The swallows of Capistrano headed out of San Juan in late October, and similarly, it appears that Chris Capuano will be fleeing from Flushing.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN-NY:
Asked if Capuano was a goner, Alderson said: “I wouldn’t say definitely. But I know one thing that we have to be aware of here is that we sign a player for one year here under the right circumstances that we not get too carried away with the relationship going forward. There’s sort of a history here of signing a guy for a year, he does pretty well, sign him for a couple of years or what have you and things don’t go as well. That’s not with respect to Chris necessarily, but as a general rule we will take a look at these things from the perspective of today as opposed to the perspective of a year ago.”
This sounds like preemptive spin to guard against the 2-year, $8M offer Capuano may get from an intrigued suitor in need of a reliable #5 starter. Though, seeing Cappy leave would come as no surprise; I suggested as much in the 2011 Evaluation of Chris Capuano. But still, it’s difficult to hear such negative comments coming from the front office. I know, I know — Sandy is smart to think this way, and he’s better served finding another “Capuano” on the market this winter (i.e., a low-risk, low-cost pitcher, such as one coming off an injury). And I don’t doubt that it’s a smart move to let Capuano walk. What bugs me, though, is that it’s just more evidence that our Mets are operating as though their home park is closer to Manhattan, Kansas, than Manhattan, New York.
What’s your thought? Are you happy that the Mets are likely to watch Chris Capuano move on? Why or why not?
But, at this stage Cappy is basically a 5 innings pitcher. As Gavin points out, the bullpen takes too much of a beating given that the Mets starting staff doesn’t go deep enough in
Let’s move on!
I especially like the part about not spending money until there’s something worth buying.
He also is right — repeatedly, a player like Cappy has a good year and then is overpaid. For the right person, overpaying makes sense. It isn’t for a guy like that and it isn’t some small market mentality to say so.
And didn’t we spend the last few years bashing Omar Minaya for handing out long-term contracts to his “finds” like Oliver Perez, Julio Franco and Fernando Tatis just because they worked out for a little while?