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Chris Capuano | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Duke
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Yankees re-signed LHP Chris Capuano to a one-year contract.
Capuano posted a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch with New York this past season and now he projects to begin 2015 in the starting rotation. His role could change if the Yankees decide to splurge on another pitcher prior to spring training, but the veteran southpaw isn't a terrible placeholder. Dec 16 - 2:14 PM

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Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have re-signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million.

Capuano considered a move to Japan this offseason, but he's back with the Yankees as back-end rotation insurance. The 36-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings over 12 starts with New York down the stretch in 2014.
Dec 16 - 12:37 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Chris Capuano is close to a deal with an unidentified team.

Crasnick adds that the deal isn't with a Japanese team, which is notable given Capuano's previous comments about the possibility. The 36-year-old southpaw held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. He could fit as a starter or a reliever somewhere.
Dec 16 - 10:42 AM

Chris Capuano said during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he is considering signing a Japanese team.

This confirms reports out of Japan from earlier this month. "There's a lot of truth to it," said Capuano." It piqued my interest back in '06... we're considering it." The 36-year-old southpaw held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. It could be difficult for him to find a guaranteed spot in a starting rotation in MLB, so an opportunity in Japan could be more appealing.
Nov 26 - 11:29 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Chris Capuano is not close to signing a contract with a Japanese team.

A report earlier Monday from Nikkan Sports in Japan stated that Capuano is in talks with two Nippon Professional Baseball clubs, but it appears he's still weighing his options. The 36-year-old held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season.
Nov 17 - 10:41 PM

Nikkan Sports in Japan reports that Chris Capuano is in talks with two Nippon Professional Baseball clubs.

It's not clear whether a deal is close to going down, but it appears Capuano has chosen to head overseas rather than accept what might be a minor league deal in the states. The left-hander put up a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. He turned 36 in August.
Nov 17 - 9:03 PM

Chris Capuano picked up his third victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Red Sox to one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

The veteran southpaw struck out five without issuing a walk on the evening. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single off the bat of Bryce Brentz in the second inning. Capuano concludes his season with a 4.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 84/34 K/BB ratio over 97 1/3 innings.
Sep 26 - 10:38 PM

Chris Capuano failed to make it out of the sixth inning, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings, in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Capuano had allowed just one run through five innings, but he tired in the sixth and that's when the wheels came off. The lefty, overall, yielded five hits and walked four while striking out two. Capuano stands with a 4.67 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 50/19 K/BB ratio. He'll make his final start of the season on Thursday at home against the Orioles.
Sep 20 - 7:38 PM

Chris Capuano kept the Rays scoreless for six innings in a no-decision Monday.

This comes five days after he lasted one-third of an inning against the same team, giving up four runs. Ironically, the Yankees won that game and lost this one. They had won each of Capuano's last four starts, even though he gave up 13 runs over 17 innings in those games.
Sep 15 - 11:01 PM

Chris Capuano faced seven batters, allowing six of them to reach base and four of them to score, but was given a no-decision as the Yankees came back to win on Wednesday against the Rays.

Capuano's night went: single, strikeout, walk, RBI double, walk, RBI single, and RBI single before getting the hook. He has certainly seen better outings. Fortunately, the Yankees were able to push across eight runs to bail Capuano out of a loss. The lefty owns a disappointing 4.90 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and 73/26 K/BB ratio overall. He'll see the Rays again in his next start, which will be on Monday in Tampa.
Sep 10 - 11:05 PM

Chris Capuano faltered against the Red Sox, yielding four runs in 4 1/3 innings, but took a no-decision as the Yankees walked off 5-4 winners on Thursday.

Capuano served up three home runs: one to Brock Holt, and two to lefty David Ortiz. Overall, he gave up six hits and walked one while striking out two. Capuano has been mediocre in eight starts since joining the Yankees, sporting a 4.40 ERA with a 43/9 K/BB ratio in 47 innings. He'll toe the rubber next against the Rays at home on Wednesday.
Sep 4 - 10:39 PM

Chris Capuano earned his first win as a Yankee after giving up three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

It was his first win in seven starts with Yankees. He trailed 1-0 through six innings, but hung around just long enough to get a lead. The veteran southpaw allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four batters. He now owns a 4.21 ERA and 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with New York.
Aug 29 - 11:56 PM

Despite striking out seven, Chris Capuano gave up four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Orioles.

Capuano is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts since joining the Yankees. It should be enough to keep him in the rotation for now, with Michael Pineda likely taking Esmil Rogers' place, but the Yankees will still probably want to replace him at some point.
Aug 11 - 11:00 PM

Chris Capuano was excellent on Wednesday against the Tigers, even out-performing Justin Verlander, but took a no-decision despite allowing only one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings.

The only run crossed the plate in the first following Derek Jeter's misplay on a Rajai Davis grounder to begin the game. The lefty limited the Tigers to five hits and a walk while punching out eight. Capuano has been solid in three starts since joining the rotation in late July, allowing seven runs (six earned) overall with a 17/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll open up a road series against the Orioles on Monday.
Aug 6 - 10:24 PM

Chris Capuano allowed four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox were knocking Capuano around in the early goings. In the third inning, Brock Holt tripled, Dustin Pedroia doubled and David Ortiz singled. All they were missing for the team cycle was the home run. It wasn't the best start, but Capuano will try to bounce back against Detroit in his next start. On a slightly more positive note than the four runs allowed, he struck out five without walking a batter.
Aug 1 - 11:21 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Robert Refsnyder
2Nick Noonan
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Tyler Austin
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Chris Capuano
6CC Sabathia
7Ivan Nova
8Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3Shawn Kelley
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Esmil Rogers
7Gonzalez Germen
8Rich Hill
9Bryan Mitchell
10Chase Whitley
11Jose De Paula
12Branden Pinder
13Daniel Burawa