Baseball insider Jon Heyman is reporting the Seattle Mariners are talking with free agent lefty Chris Capuano.
He went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA last season for the Dodgers but won 23 games the previous two years for the Mets and Dodgers. Heyman suggests this is a good idea because signing Capuano over an Ervin Santana, or other free agent options, would leave more money to sign another hitter such as Kendrys Morales.
Now I love Morales and what he can do, however the LAST thing we need is another first baseman. I would much rather see this type of addition, and then trade for or sign an outfield bat.
Earlier this week King Felix endorsed both Taijuan Walker and James Paxton as “In” the rotation. With a healthy Hisashi Iwakuma that leaves but one rotation position open, and I like the look of Capuano as the 4th or 5th starter with Erasmo Ramirez to the bullpen.
More than anything I like the fact that the Mariners leadership is not happy with simply improving the team…they are actively looking to build this team into a competitor. I know we have all endured years of mediocrity, however this team is close. If pitching and defense wins championships then we are poised to be a factor in the AL West this year.
Yes, there are some question marks, some of the young guys need to come through this year, and I do think we need another bat with some pop. However the team is coming together, spring has sprung, and as of right now we are in the pennant chase. Let’s go M’s!