Report: Veteran starter Chris Capuano signs with Red Sox
Chris Capuano has signed with the Red Sox pending a physical, according to Ron Chimelis of The Republican in Springfield, Mass.
The deal is worth a guaranteed $2.25 million with incentives that could push it to $5 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The 35-year-old Capuano, who has pitched his entire nine-year career in the National League, is expected to arrive at Red Sox spring camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.
Of Capuano’s 238 career appearances, 208 have been starts. However, he will likely be a multi-inning reliever and spot starter for the Red Sox, according to Chimelis, as Boston already has five established starters. He could also be used as a lefty specialist due to left-handed hitters having a paltry career .619 OPS against him.
Capuano grew up a Red Sox fan but has never pitched at Fenway Park. The 2006 All-Star is 73-83 in his career with a 4.27 ERA and missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons after his second Tommy John elbow surgery.
He was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 24 appearances, including 20 starts, for the Dodgers last season. He also made his postseason debut, tossing three hitless innings in the NLDS.