The New York Yankees remain in pursuit of a trade for another starting pitcher.
In event that those efforts do not work out, the Yankees put a backup plan in place on Thursday by sending cash to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for veteran left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano.
Having been let go by the Boston Red Sox earlier this season, the Rockies signed Capuano at the beginning of the month. They sent him to the minor leagues to stretch out and work as a starting pitcher after he pitched exclusively in a relief role with the Red Sox. Once he made four starts in Tulsa and Colorado Springs, the Rockies flipped him to the Yankees for cash.
The team announced the deal via their official Twitter account.
#Yankees acquire LHP Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 24, 2014
The cash considerations might an effort, at least in part, from the Yankees to remind the Rockies how much more money they have in the event of future negotiations, imaginary though they may be at the present moment, for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
In four minor league starts, Capuano went 19.1 innings, allowing six earned runs and striking out 21 hitters. Considering that some of that work came for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, a team that is not exactly robust with pitching talent, that should be more than enough for the Yankees to at least give Capuano a shot to crack their beat up rotation as they consider further moves.