Yankees 40 Man Roster Trade Value: 35-31
Aug 6, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chris Capuano (26) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
34. P Chris Capuano
League average starters who are cheap and can come out of the bullpen are a nice commodity to have. When you only have them for one year since they are a little older that’s even better. Chris Capuano was bought by the Yankees last season from the Colorado Rockies when the litany of injuries to the rotation happened.
Capuano wasn’t too bad for the Yankees last season, going 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA, a 3.85 FIP, a 1.31 WHIP and an ERA+ of 91.
Back in December, the Yankees re-signed him for $5 million. Capuano will more than likely hold down the fifth starter spot until Ivan Nova can come back after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Capuano is a serviceable left-handed starter. He’s a guy who can eat innings and keep you in the game and that’s exactly what you want out of the fifth starter role.
Can the Yankees get much for him if they put him in the trade market? Probably not. However, a team would bite on him if they needed a starter at some point. He’s a nice piece that can help you win games. Expect Capuano to pitch solidly for the Yankees in 2015.