The Red Sox signed Chris Capuano to a one year, $2.25 million Major League contract, presumably in reaction to the news that Ryan Dempster will sit out the 2014 season due to health and family issues.
Today, John Farrell told the media that Capuano’s role will be very similar to what Dempster’s would have been. MassLive.com’s Jason Mastrodonato says that the lefty will be used as a sort of swingman – a sixth starter and a bullpen option. Earlier this month, Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves told MLB Network Radio that the potential exists to have a six-man rotation in Boston.
The 35-year old Chris Capuano will be going into his 10th year in the big leagues, having spent time with the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Mets and most recently, the Dodgers. Last season, Capuano made 20 starts, pitching to a 4-7 record with a 4.26 ERA. He had a much better 2012, going 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA over 33 starts.