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.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.