New York Mets
Sandy Alderson did not come out and say it. But the GM left the strong impression Chris Capuano's 2011 production had priced the southpaw out of the amount of money the Mets intend to pay for that role in 2012.
Capuano, coming off his second Tommy John surgery, had a base salary of $1.5 million in his inaugural season as a Met. But he ended up earning $3.925 million with incentives. And now he could command a multi-year deal with a significant base salary because he has reestablished himself following the elbow procedure.
Asked if Capuano was a goner, Alderson said: “I wouldn’t say definitely. But I know one thing that we have to be aware of here is that we sign a player for one year here under the right circumstances that we not get too carried away with the relationship going forward. There’s sort of a history here of signing a guy for a year, he does pretty well, sign him for a couple of years or what have you and things don’t go as well. That’s not with respect to Chris necessarily, but as a general rule we will take a look at these things from the perspective of today as opposed to the perspective of a year ago.”
The Mets need to sign rotation depth who can compete with Dillon Gee and otherwise be assigned to the bullpen or Triple-A Buffalo.