By Tim Britton
FORT MYERS, Fla. — According to a report from MassLive.com, the Red Sox have signed veteran left-hander Chris Capuano. CBS Sports reports that the deal is worth $2.25 million with incentives that could net Capuano up to $5 million.
Capuano, 35, would resupply Boston with some of the starting depth lost when Ryan Dempster hung up his cleats for 2014. It does not appear as if Capuano would compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Rather, he’d be a guy who can be stored in the bullpen and used as a spot starter when needed.
Capuano has limited experience as a reliever, including four relief appearances last season for the Dodgers. He spent the last two years in Los Angeles, going 16-19 with a 3.91 ERA in 57 games.
An All-Star while with the Brewers in 2006, Capuano missed both the 2008 and 2009 seasons because of Tommy John surgery. (That was his second Tommy John surgery; the first came in 2002 while in the minor leagues.) Over that period, he endured an ignominious stretch in which Milwaukee lost 26 consecutive games in which Capuano appeared.
He revitalized his career in 2011 with the Mets, making 31 starts and posting a 4.55 ERA.
This would mark a bit of a homecoming for Capuano, who grew up in Springfield, Mass.
The Red Sox have had interest in Capuano before: He was the subject of rumors in September 2011, when the team considered acquiring a pitcher for a potential one-game wild-card playoff.
The move would likely curtail competition for the final bullpen spot since, presumably, it would belong to Capuano. It also signals that Brandon Workman would probably open the year in Triple-A Pawtucket.