Reportedly, Chris Capuano is on the trading block.
I just have a feeling about this one. He was a good pitcher in 2005 and 2006. Last year, until June 1st, he was decent as well. Then, after the first two months of the season, his game went extremely south. We’re talking Kei Igawa territory. Why? I have no idea. I know that he had some tightness in his groin last June – so, maybe that was a nagging thing? Also, at year end, he had a torn labrum repaired in his right, non-throwing, shoulder. So, maybe that condition had him off-center last season?
Still, he’s left-handed and he won’t be 30-years old until August 2008. Also, his BA allowed on balls in play took a huge jump last year – so, either he was very lucky in 2005 and 2006 or somewhat unlucky in 2007.
I wonder if a move from a park like the one where the Brewers play, where the ball flies out, to a park like Yankee Stadium, with the deep outfield in left-center, would be a benefit for a lefty like him?
Granted, he’s not an ace. And, he may not even be a decent pitcher anymore.
But, if Andy Pettitte retires, and the Yankees can’t trade for a “name” starting pitcher, if the Yankees could trade for Chris Capuano – and it does not cost that much – it might be a flier worth taking this off-season. Maybe the Brewers would take something like Farnsworth and cash for Capuano? Or, perhaps a lesser pitching prospect who has options – like a Steven White?
Yeah, I know, this is all asking for too many things to fall into place…or, is it?