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!

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  1. Jeff December 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
    A little late to the party with this news aren’t we?
  2. HobieLandrith December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    You call this “news” ?

    BTW doesn’t really make sense to come here for news. If you want news fast read twitter or the espn ticker. And actually, LA signed Cappy on Friday, so it’s not really that late.

    As for Capuano, meh, whatever. He was a fifth starter, and the Mets already have a staff of fifth starters. LA has a decent lineup and good defense so he’ll probably win 12-13 games instead of 7-8 here.

  3. Rob December 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    For those who might read the Sweetspot with Dave Shoenfield, he did a great little article about Dodgers’ deal with Capuano. In his humble opinion, the stats on Capuano suggested that a two year deal for $10 million was really overpaying for a fourth or fifth starter, considering that he had only 14 Quality Starts (out of 31 total), generally only pitched through the lineup about two times on average, usually only made it to the fifth inning, and got shelled after that. His only statistic that was favorable were the strikeouts…he had a ton of them…but the hits and runs appear to have offset that favorable statistic. Anyway, I liked Cappy, but if we’re signing him for two years at 10 million, it wouldn’t have made any sense….particularly given their cost cutting ways.
  4. Joe December 6, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Moving past the snark, the Dodgers is not really a great model on how to act financially and to the degree some thought he would be back, I’m not sure how many thought it would be via a 2 year deal, however back-loaded.

    Bottom line, the Mets came off fairly well with Cappy and the other guy. One gave you a good April & there was a chance (like there was a chance Feliciano would pitch at all?) for more, but unlike in other cases, money wasn’t thrown at a high risk.

    The other gave you what a fifth starter should and did so for the price a fifth starter should get. That is “should,” not what one often gets. You know, like Pelfrey, who “eats innings” (and stomach linings of fans). But, Cappy was reasonable on the pocketbook w/o the stomach ulcers.

    It’s like the two guys the Yanks got cheap. Did well for them as starters, one was signed to return. But, would they sign either for two years, 10M? Somewhat doubtful. But, since they are the Yanks, no snark.

    It does seem that Cappy is a good deal if that is what it takes to remain “relevant.” Hey. The Mets are too — the NL East needs a bottom feeder. We all have our “relevant” roles to play.