Dodgers Sign Chris Capuano
Perhaps lost in the excitement of Jose Reyes joining the Miami Miracle is the fact that a few days earlier, the Mets also lost Chris Capuano to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who signed the lefthanded starter for 2 years, $10M — which was about 1 year and $8.5M more than the Mets could afford.
This isn’t huge news, but it may be surprising to some of the fans who genuinely believed that Capuano would return to Flushing.
Considering that the Mets are doing all they can to cut payroll and expenses so that the Wilpons can continue to be sports moguls, it’s no surprise that Capuano has moved on. It makes no sense to spend money on a 30-something fourth or fifth starter when your team is more or less a lock to finish last.
Interestingly, the Dodgers were in similarly difficult financial straits, and have no owner, yet they were able to give Capuano that deal. It seems strange until you realize it was back-loaded in the second year — so the next owner inherits the bulk of the contract. Kind of shady, but LA is doing what they have to do to remain relevant. Unlike the Mets, who have accepted that they will be irrelevant and being very upfront about it. So refreshing!