The New York Mets signed lefty starting pitcher Chris Capuano to a one year deal worth about $1 million back on January 3rd. While this signing has gone virtually undetected by many people, it could be one of them low-key signings that has a large effect on a team and a season.
Chris Capuano has a lifetime record of 46-52 with a 4.35 ERA . His last decent season was in 2006, when he went 11-12 with a 4.03 ERA. The problem with Capuano has always been his inability to stay healthy – he actually missed both the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to injury and has only reached the 200 inning mark just two times in his career.
When you mention Capuano’s name, the first thing that people usually say is, “Oh, yeah he used to be good.” This comment generally refers back to the 2005 season, when he went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. After missing the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Capuano made a comeback last season and pitched relatively well in 24 games. Overall he was 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA, having started 9 games for Milwaukee.
Capuano is expected to battle for the fifth rotation spot for the Mets this season. Even if he doesn’t win it, I am sure that he will be included on the pitching staff regardless. He is a nice piece to have because even if he doesn’t start, he can provide solid long relief out of the bullpen. As long as he stays healthy, even though that is no guarantee, he will produce for the Mets this season. It is not unrealistic to think that Capuano can potentially win 8 games this season and be a big help to the pitching staff.