Is Chris Capuano Headed To Japan?


The Yankees purchased 36-year-old lefty Chris Capuano last summer from the Colorado Rockies for what amounts to a bag of balls. During his brief tenure in the Bronx, Cap went 2-3, with an ERA of 4.25 in 12 starts for the Bombers. Capuano became a free agent this winter, and while it is believed the Yankees have some interest in possibly bringing the hurler back to the Bronx in 2015, Capuano has some other ideas about where his career is headed. 

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According to a report from Anthony McCarron at the New York Daily News, Capuano has discussed the possibility of heading overseas to pitch in Japan next season. Cap recently joined other big leaguers on a brief tour of Japan, and pitched during the Japan/U.S. series earlier this month. In regards to how he feels about Japan, Cap had this to say:

"“My wife and I love Japan…We love the food. We love the culture. I like the style of baseball. It kind of jibes with what I believe. So I’m very interested in playing here.”                                            (h/t, Anthony McCarron, NYDN)"

Capuano who has pitched for the Mets, Brewers, Dodgers, and Red Sox among other teams, has also expressed interest in returning to the Bronx. He enjoyed watching teammates Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki prepare for games each day. If Cap were to return to the Yankees in 2015, it would most likely be on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp, where he would have to battle for a bullpen spot. The Yankees have a rotation with one, possibly two open spots, with the uncertainty about the return of Brandon McCarthy, or Hiroki Kuroda.