UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers.
Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano.
Capuano is coming off a bounceback season for the Mets at age 33, remaining healthy for the first time since way back in 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio.
His incentive-laden one-year contract proved to be a bargain for the Mets, but this time around he might be looking for a two-year deal despite a lengthy history of arm problems and zero 200-inning seasons since 2006.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.