Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio.
He drew interest from several teams, including the Twins, but Capuano was said to be holding out for a multi-year commitment and ended up getting it from the Dodgers.
Capuano’s age (33) isn’t as big of a concern as his lengthy injury history, as he hasn’t logged 200 innings since 2006 and has undergone two Tommy John elbow surgeries. That makes a multi-year deal very risky, but Capuano’s secondary numbers this year were better than his ERA and if healthy $5 million per season is fairly reasonable for a veteran mid-rotation starter.
Bowden speculates that signing Capuano signals the Dodgers won’t bring back Hiroki Kuroda, which would be a major rotation downgrade.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.