Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 12/2/11


The Dodgers announced today that they signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a two-year deal worth $10MM. There is also an $8MM option for 2014 and $1MM in incentives. Capuano slides into the back of the Dodgers' rotation and may signal the end of Hiroki Kuroda's time as a Dodger. Colletti shared his own thoughts on the subject,


“Chris is an established Major League starting pitcher who adds to our staff,” GM Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He made more than 30 starts last season was a reliable part of the Mets rotation.”  

Capuano, 33, is coming off a very nice bounce back season with the New York Mets posting a 4.55 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 42.7% ground ball rate in 186 innings for the Mets. He certainly suffers with giving up the longball but I'm banking on the move to Chavez Ravine will help control this a teeny bit, tons of hope with no expectations. His win-loss record wasn't all that impressive going 11-12, but he was playing for the Mets who were a .475 team in 2011. 
I'm not thrilled about the signing, but that seems to be the way this winter is going sadly. Capuano isn't a terrible pitcher, just the epitome of mediocre. He's had two Tommy John surgeries, missing all of 2008 and 2009, while he came back to the Brewers in 2010 and pitched pretty well, mostly out of the bullpen, he has a history of being injured so he should fit right in with the Dodgers of 2012. 
So two-years and $10MM huh? That is just absolutely terrible, Colletti overpays again. The thing I hate most about this deal is it puts three left-handed pitchers in the starting rotation. I don't see the Dodgers getting lucky enough to trade Ted Lilly and get anything of value in return. But with the rumors of payroll tightening up, the already tight budget, and the team going up for sale soon, who knows?
So where does Kuroda end up? Probably he winds up going back home to Japan and playing for the Carp. I don't see a one-year deal getting done, but I suppose it's possible, about as possible of us landing Prince Fielder this winter. I seriously would've rather had Kuroda on a one year deal worth $10MM and sign nobody else for the whole winter than swallow this deal, but that ship has sailed. Then to top it off are the rumors of the Angels of Anaheim being interested in Kuroda, can you imagine Kuroda pitching against the Dodgers in the Freeway Series? I get nauseous just thinking about it, seriously I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. 
I think this signing sums up the whole winter and really Colletti's entire tenure as GM as a whole. Colletti is a recipe for disaster, once in a blue moon the idiot gets lucky, but for the most part he sits around and makes everything worse. This winter would've been better if he had done nothing but sign Kemp to the extension, and stopped. I am pretty sure my six year old daughter could've done a better job this winter than Colletti did. Sign Kemp, fill the roster with guys in the minors and a few spring invites. That's why I am so excited about the sale of the team. Sure McCourt is gone, but more importantly a new owner typically means a new front office, and I am so ready to kick Colletti out the door and slam it shut. So Ned please, pretty please, stop, just stop!
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