Chris Capuano free agency: Former Dodgers lefty will begin considering one-year deals

Stephen Dunn

Capuano was previously seeking a two-year deal, but the stale market has caused him to lower his demands.

Former Dodgers starter Chris Capuano will now consider one-year deals rather than exclusively seek a multiyear contract, as ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

The nine-year major league vet struggled with groin and leg injuries last season, managing just 105⅔ innings in a crowded Dodgers rotation. In 20 starts, he posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.41 WHIP for Los Angeles. However, the left hander was a valuable member of the team's 2012 rotation, pitching to a 3.72 ERA in 198⅓ innings. He's one of a small number of pitchers to find success after undergoing Tommy John surgery twice.

Teams might have been leery of signing him to a two-year deal due to his injury history, but as a one-year flier, the market for Capuano could begin to pick up considerably. He isn't likely to be heavily relied on, but if he can serve as a long reliever or a spot starter with numbers around his career averages -- 4.27 ERA and 1.34 WHIP -- he could be a valuable supplement to a major league pitching staff.

Capuano's park- and league-adjusted ERA from 2013 suggests he could be a potentially impactful buy-low candidate. The Angels and Twins have been mentioned as potential suitors this offseason, and several clubs showed interest in him at the beginning of last season.

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