12/02/11 4:41 PM EST
Dodgers ink lefty Capuano to two-year deal
Becomes third southpaw in LA's projected 2012 rotation
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Capuano, 33, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets in 2011, working twice in relief. He began his career in Arizona in 2003, before spending the next five seasons in Milwaukee. He owns a 57-64 career record, and had his best year in '05 -- when he was 18-12 for the Brewers with a 3.99 ERA.
Capuano's signing apparently means that free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will not return to the Dodgers. They landed Capuano for less money for two seasons than Kuroda would have drawn for one year.
Capuano gives manager Don Mattingly three lefties in his rotation, joining 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly. Chad Billingsley and Nathan Eovaldi round out the projected rotation.
Capuano's secondary numbers with the Mets were more impressive than his record. He averaged 8.1 strikeouts against only 2.6 walks per nine innings, allowing 198 hits in 186 innings.
With Milwaukee in 2005 and '06, he exceeded 200 innings. Two Tommy John surgeries took him out of the '08 and '09 seasons entirely.
Capuano rebounded in 2010, primarily as a reliever, producing a 3.95 ERA while going 4-4.
It has been a busy winter for the Dodgers, featuring the eight-year, $160 million extension signed by Matt Kemp. They have added infielders Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy, catcher Matt Treanor and outfielder Juan Rivera.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.