Now Commenting On:

Dodgers ink lefty Capuano to two-year deal

Dodgers ink lefty Capuano to two-year deal

Dodgers ink lefty Capuano to two-year deal
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and southpaw Chris Capuano have agreed to a two-year, $10 million free-agent contract with a mutual option for 2014, the club announced on Friday.

Capuano, 33, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets in 2011, working twice in relief. He began his career in Arizona in 2003, before spending the next five seasons in Milwaukee. He owns a 57-64 career record, and had his best year in '05 -- when he was 18-12 for the Brewers with a 3.99 ERA.

Capuano's signing apparently means that free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will not return to the Dodgers. They landed Capuano for less money for two seasons than Kuroda would have drawn for one year.

Capuano gives manager Don Mattingly three lefties in his rotation, joining 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly. Chad Billingsley and Nathan Eovaldi round out the projected rotation.

Capuano's secondary numbers with the Mets were more impressive than his record. He averaged 8.1 strikeouts against only 2.6 walks per nine innings, allowing 198 hits in 186 innings.

With Milwaukee in 2005 and '06, he exceeded 200 innings. Two Tommy John surgeries took him out of the '08 and '09 seasons entirely.

Capuano rebounded in 2010, primarily as a reliever, producing a 3.95 ERA while going 4-4.

It has been a busy winter for the Dodgers, featuring the eight-year, $160 million extension signed by Matt Kemp. They have added infielders Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy, catcher Matt Treanor and outfielder Juan Rivera.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español