Source: Red Sox agree to deal with left-hander Chris Capuano

February 20, 2014 - 9:27 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have reached an agreement (pending a physical) with left-hander Chris Capuano. The Springfield Republican was the first to report the news; Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported (via twitter) that Capuano will receive a $2.25 million base salary with incentives that can increase the value of the deal to $5 million. GM Ben Cherington hinted earlier on Thursday about a possible deal, suggesting the Sox hoped they were close to bringing a veteran pitcher to camp. The Sox were in the market for veteran depth after right-hander Ryan Dempster announced on Sunday that he was going to take off the 2014 season. While the Sox are bullish on their pitching prospects as depth options, the team also wanted to see whether, in light of Dempster's departure, there might be a veteran who could stabilize the rotation in case of injury. In Capuano, the team appears to have found that player. Capuano, 35, went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 24 games (20 starts) and 105 2/3 innings for the Dodgers last year. His 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings represented the lowest mark of his career in any season in which the nine-year veteran has logged at least 100 innings. However, he also had one of the lowest walk rates (2.0 per nine innings) of his career. The Springfield native owns a career record of 73-83 with a 4.27 ERA, 7.5 strikeouts and 2.8 walks per nine innings for the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Mets and Dodgers. While he's primarily worked as a starter (209 of 238 career games have been starts), he has a 3.42 ERA in 29 career relief appearances; he's held lefties to a .231 average and .288 OBP in his career, while righties have hit .276 with a .336 OBP against him.

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