Chris Capuano passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week and the veteran left-hander has been released.
Signed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract this offseason, Capuano transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen with a 4.55 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio in 32 innings as a full-time reliever. He had a nice-looking 3.38 ERA until coughing up five runs on June 23 in what proved to be his final appearance.
Capuano is 35 years old, but prior to this season he had a nice run as a mid-rotation starter, including posting a 4.15 ERA in 490 innings from 2011-2013. There are plenty of worse pitchers in the big leagues, as starters and relievers, so expect him to land another gig soon.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett can become a free agent after the 2019 season. He has become one of baseball’s better second basemen since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017. Over the last two years, he has hit 50 homers with an .859 OPS. The only second basemen with a better OPS (min. 700 plate appearances) since the start off the 2017 season are José Altuve (.900) and Daniel Murphy (.876).
Gennett is upset the Reds haven’t been in contact with him to discuss a contract extension, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett said, “We’ve definitely opened it up. They know I want to play here. They know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There’s nothing else to tell them at this point. It’s waiting for them to come back, which they have not.” He added, “(We’ve) heard absolutely nothing. Zero.”
As Fay points out, Gennett was born in Cincinnati and grew up a Reds fan, so this is a cinch for the club if it makes any effort. The Reds presently have just $58 million in 25-man roster obligations for the 2020 season.