Veteran Southpaw Gets $5 Million; Bombers Might Not Be Done With Pitching


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chris Capuano is staying with the New York Yankees, just like fellow free agents Chase Headley and Chris Young.

The veteran left-hander signed a one-year, $5 million contract on Tuesday, the team announced.

The 36-year-old started last season with Boston and had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He was released July 1 and signed with Colorado three days later but never made it to the majors with the Rockies. New York purchased his contract July 24, and he was 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts for the Yankees.

Capuano joins a rotation projected to have Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and David Phelps or Adam Warren, with Ivan Nova returning from elbow surgery in May or June.

A lot of baseball insiders are having a hard time believing that with so many health-related question marks in their starting five next season, the Yankees are content to sit out the pursuit of former AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. The veteran right-hander is expected to get more than the six-year, $155 million deal Jon Lester got with the Chicago Cubs.

Scherzer is reportedly seeking a package worth more than $200 million.

The deal with Capuano was yet another example of the Yankees believing in the moves made by general manager Brian Cashman during last season’s second half. Headley, who figures to start at third base, accepted a $52 million, four-year deal on Monday. Earlier in the offseason, Young, a backup outfielder, agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. All three were acquired prior to the trade deadline.

New York’s most prominent addition has been left-hander Andrew Miller, who reached a $36 million, four-year agreement and will compete with Dellin Betances to replace David Robertson as closer.

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