The final Los Angeles Dodgers free agent signed this afternoon as free agent starting pitcher Chris Capuano agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Capuano, 35, had his $7 million option declined by the Dodgers earlier this off-season, but the team maintained a level of interest for some of the off-season.
Capuano will likely fill a long reliever role in Boston and if an injury occurs, spot start when needed. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, here are the terms of the deal:
capuano gets MLB deal for $2.25M base with performance bonuses to take it to $5M. #redsox
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 20, 2014
Capuano spent two years with the Dodgers and went 16-19 with a 3.91 ERA after he signed a two-year, $10 million deal back in 2011. The Dodgers signed Dan Haren to be their fourth starter and with Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley among others competing for the fifth spot, Capuano was expendable.
Not to mention the Dodgers signed starter Paul Maholm to basically fill Capuano’s spot as he’ll compete for the fifth spot or head to the bullpen. The Seattle Mariners were another logical fit for the veteran left-hander, but they could be interested in signing free agent Ervin Santana.
His signing signals the end of Dodger free agents as all have either moved on to different teams or re-signed with the organization. Notable re-signees were Brian Wilson, Juan Uribe, J.P. Howell while Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis, Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol among other have moved on.
The loss of Capuano shouldn’t have a profound affect on the Dodgers in 2014, but fans will miss changing the letters of his name to indicate how poorly he’s pitching.
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