The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox don’t appear to have a ton of holes as Spring Training opens, but the team could be in the market for a “swing” pitcher, and they are reportedly targeting what appears to be an ideal candidate for that type of role.
Sources: #RedSox talking to Capuano.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 19, 2014
35-year-old left-hander Chris Capuano is a free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he has a track record of effectiveness in various rotations and bullpens across the National League. In 2013, Capuano threw more than 105 innings in LA, making 20 starts and 4 bullpen appearances, and he was more than reasonably effective, posting a 4.26 ERA (3.55 FIP) with a 1.0 fWAR.
If there is a knock on this current version of Capuano, it is that he just posted his career-low strikeout rate (6.90 K/9), but he has always gotten left-handers out (career .619 OPS allowed) and that was no different in 2013 (.566 OPS allowed). Boston wouldn’t need a lot from the veteran left-hander next season, but if they could add a solid, competent arm in a varied role that would blend his unique skill set, that would certainly be considered a win.