The Boston Red Sox were very surprised when Ryan Dempster recently announced that he wouldn’t be pitching this season. Although Dempster wasn’t projected to be a part of the starting rotation, he was going to provide the team some quality veteran depth. With his horrible travel suits out of the picture, the Red Sox then went out and signed Chris Capuano.
Capuano was signed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal. The plan for him is to be stretched out as a starter, but to serve as a spot starter and probably long relief. The biggest issue has always been his health. This is a pitcher that has had two Tommy John surgeries and missed almost two seasons because of arm issues.
If Capuano can contribute at all, however, that gives the Red Sox the depth that they were looking for. There is an old saying in the MLB that you can never have enough pitching. The Red Sox dealt with that last year when their ace Clay Buchholz went down for the better part of three months. Boston felt that they needed more pitching down the stretch, so they went out and acquired Jake Peavy.
In my mind, Capuano is fairly similar to Dempster. He isn’t spectacular, but he is steady and can eat up a lot of innings, which is pretty much all you can ask. The fact that he is also left-handed certainly doesn’t hurt. Another advantage is that Capuano comes a lot cheaper than Dempster did, so he can be a bargain for Boston; again, assuming he stays healthy.
Dempster’s personality will absolutely be missed. However, if Capuano can show anything, this could be a great pickup for the Red Sox. Let’s see if some of the good luck from 2013 in acquiring players can trickle into this year.