The Yankees announced this evening that they have acquired veteran left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.
This is just the latest move by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who has added the likes of Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis, and David Huff as the club attempts to get by after a number of injuries in their starting rotation. Capuano originally began the season in a relief role with the Red Sox, but he was given his release at the end of June after posting a 4.55 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old quickly latched on with the Rockies and posted a 2.79 ERA over four starts in Triple-A.
A little depth never hurt anybody, but Capuano is known as a fly ball pitcher, which isn’t the best attribute in Yankee Stadium. Cashman figures to keep looking for upgrades on the pitching front in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And into August for that matter.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.