"I love Japan, but if you get the opportunity to pitch here, in a city like New York, that trumps any sentimentality I had towards Japan," Capuano said on Sirius XM's Major League Baseball Radio channel. "I still wouldn't rule it out at some point, but a chance to play for the Yankees, on a good contract, I couldn't pass that up."
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How close did you come to going to Japan?
"It more just expanded my options of possible teams I was looking at," Capuano said.
Capuano recently played on the recent major league tour of Japan. It sounds like it is something he might consider again if MLB opportunities dry up.
However, Capuano thinks he can have success as a starter, pointing to 2012 when he went 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 32 starts with the Dodgers. He knows he will have a chance.
"[Brian Cashman] is a straight shooter, he said the best five guys will be out there starting," Capuano said.
Capuano said he thought the Yankees might add another starter this winter. Even if someone like Hiroki Kuroda returns, Capuano will have a good shot to win the fifth spot against David Phelps, Adam Warren and Bryan Mitchell.