Saturday, August 29, 2015

Discussing a 2016 Contract for Chris Capuano

Yesterday I probably shocked over 90% of our readers and Twitter followers, shameless plug alert... follow @GreedyStripes on Twitter, when I actually defended a 2016 contract for the Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew. Yes, that Stephen Drew and no he doesn't have naked pictures of me or dirt on me that I am trying to keep from my wife and off the internet. Could I possibly do the same thing for Chris Capuano? In a word, nope.

While I appreciate Capuano taking one on the chin more than once this season I think the need for his veteran arm in 2016 is quickly deteriorating. The New York Yankees learned and proved this season that where the team lacks in producing positional players and starting pitchers they more than make up for it in the bullpen department. The Yankees have a shuttle bus running back and forth from Yankee Stadium to Scranton/Wilkes Barre this season bringing up and sending back viable relief pitcher after viable relief pitcher. Capuano's only saving grace has been his ability to give the team multiple innings, something he may lose the more he loses his routine and starting job.

I'm not going to bad mouth Capuano, he's given his all for the Yankees and continually taken his DFA's quietly and come right back to the team when he could easily elect free agency and latch on elsewhere. That doesn't mean I'd rather the Yankees waste another 25 man roster spot on him for 2016 thus sending one of Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow, Caleb Cotham, Branden Pinder, Bryan Mitchell or another back to Triple-A.

There's no such thing as a bad minor league deal, mind you, but if the deal comes with a 40 man roster commitment I would have to pass. Sorry Cap.

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