Friday, December 2, 2011

Cap Changes Caps: Capuano Signs With Dodgers - Omar Hired In SD

Busy day for former Mets personnel.

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya has been hired by San Diego GM Josh Byrnes, who was on the Mets short list of GM candidates last year, to be special assistant to the GM. According to Adam Rubin, Minaya's role will be:

"Special assistant. Basically advise. Look at potential trade targets, draft picks, etc."

Minaya has always been regarded as a master talent evaluator, and personally I wish him the best of luck.

As for Capuano, he has reportedly been signed by the Dodgers. The Dodgers, according to Jon Heyman, have offered Capuano a 2 year deal for $10M. That's a lot of scratch for a six inning pitcher.

I liked Capuano's guile and intelligence on the mound. He knew how to get by when he didn't have his best stuff. I was fortunate to be at the game last August where Capuano threw a complete game, two hit gem, in shutting out the Braves 6-0.

Although I like Capuano, a two year $10M deal is a bit much for a pitcher who has had two Tommy John surgeries.

That being said, now the attention becomes more intense on Elvis. Pelf is a nervous wreck on the mound, Johan will be a shadow of his former self, Niese is still learning the ropes as is Gee. The Mets need a solid perform to round out the rotation. Unfortunately, they probably don't have the money to accomplish that feat.

Sit tight Mets fans, only three more days until the Winter Meetings begin and we can hear all the Jose Reyes rumors...

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