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After surviving Tommy John twice, Chris Capuano excited about ‘coming home’ to Red Sox 02.22.14 at 3:55 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — For someone who has survived two Tommy John surgeries and the disappointment of being passed over by his hometown team in high school, lefty Chris Capuano finally got to put on a Red Sox uniform Saturday and talk about the real chance he’ll be on the club to start the 2014 season.

“I just hope to be a positive part of the clubhouse,” Capuano said. “It’s already great clubhouse dynamic with the kind of professionals they have in there. These guys, the way they go about their business and they’re so focused. I just want to add to that and hopefully be a positive part.”

Capuano starred both athletically and academically at Cathedral High School in West Springfield, where he was the valedictorian. He played in high school all-star game at Fenway but that remains the only time he has ever pitched on the hallowed ground.

“I played in this Massachusetts-Connecticut all-star game at Fenway,” he recalled Saturday. “I thought I did well. I ended up getting drafted by the Pirates in the late rounds out of high school but not enough to not make me want to go to Duke and get my education. I didn’t have a lot of contact with the Red Sox out of high school.”

Capuano, 35, signed a major league deal this week for a reported $2.25 million, with incentives that could make it worth as much as $5 million. John Farrell sees Capuano as a lefty who could throw an inning out of the bullpen in long relief or face a single batter, lefty or righty.

“I think with my repertoire, four-seam, two-seam fastballs, my changeup is one of my better offspeed pitches, which has a little down and a away movement to righties,” Capuano said. “I think as a lefty that enables me to feel comfortable to pitch to righthanders as well.”

Capuano was a free agent after the Dodgers chose not to bring him back. But he left no doubt Saturday in speaking to reporters where his first choice would be.

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John Farrell notes on Day 5 of spring training: Chris Capuano provides pitching flexibility 02.21.14 at 2:42 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Capuano can start making his case Saturday for a role on the Red Sox pitching staff.

What exactly that role will be is far from certain, as Red Sox manager John Farrell made clear Friday after the second day of full-squad workouts.

“€œWe don’€™t want to limit it,”€ Farrell said of Capuano’s versatility. “€œWhen he switched to the bullpen last year with the Dodgers there was very good performance, and that’€™s the one thing that attracted us to him, in addition to the experience as a starter.

“€œWe don’€™t anticipate once he joins us that it would be too long before he jumps into the rotation of work here.”

Farrell added that Capuano has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in preparation for spring training, conditioning that made the 35-year-old lefty native of West Springfield, Mass. very attractive to the Red Sox. Farrell said Capuano is expected to join the team Saturday for workouts, despite the fact the team had yet (as of Farrell’s media session) to officially announcing his signing.

“By all accounts he’€™s traveling here and will join camp,”€ Farrell said after Friday’€™s workouts.

The team has reportedly agreed to a major league deal with the veteran for $2.25 million, pending a physical. He has spent the first nine seasons of his big league career in the National League, including the last two with the Dodgers.

“€œExperience of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen,” Farrell said of Capuano, who was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 20 starts last season with the Dodgers. “He clearly gives us a depth starter if that need were to arise, but at the moment, all things considered, he would pitch out of the bullpen for us.”

The Red Sox had success last year stretching out Brandon Workman during the season to make several spot starts. He figures to be in the mix again for that same role should the need arise, along with righthander Allen Webster, who started seven games for the Red Sox in 2013.

If Capuano begins the season in relief, the Red Sox will have three southpaws in the bullpen, with Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller.

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Hot Stove: RHP Zack Greinke meets with Dodgers 11.30.12 at 11:20 am ET
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Zack Greinke

Dodgers executives met with right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke in Los Angeles Thursday, Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports.

Greinke, 29, was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA last season. He played for the Brewers until July 27, when he was traded to the Angels. With the Angels, Greinke was 6-2 in 13 starts with a 3.53 ERA. Over the past two seasons, he is 31-11 with a 3.63 ERA.

Greinke’s best year by far was in 2005 with the Royals. He won the AL Cy Young and was named an All-Star. That season he had 16 wins with an amazingly low 2.16 ERA.

Brown reports that the Rangers, Nationals and Angels also have interest in Greinke. Greinke reportedly has enjoyed his time in the Los Angeles area and might want to stay in the region, but he could opt for the Dodgers.

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James Loney: ‘I know they’re always trying to build a championship team here’ 08.26.12 at 2:58 pm ET
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James Loney knows full well what he’s getting into.

The 28-year-old veteran first baseman arrived in Boston Sunday as the only major league-ready player to come from the Dodgers in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto. He knows what kind of year it’s been in Boston.

“I knew a bunch of those guys that got traded,” Loney said in the Sunday press conference before going out and making his Red Sox debut at first base. “I know a bunch of guys here still but I know they’re always trying to build a championship team here. I know it didn’t work out and this year I guess there were some things going on.”

He’s heard all about playing in the intense baseball market of Boston from the outside. Now, he gets to experience it first hand.

“I’ve heard that,” Loney said. “You hear that. I think a lot of big-market, big city teams are like that. You don’t think about it when you’re out there. You just go out and play.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox, Dodgers appear close to blockbuster sending Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to LA for prospects 08.25.12 at 7:38 am ET
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Adrian Gonzalez

The incentive for the Red Sox to steam forward in a sweeping roster overhaul — a potential blockbuster sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford along with utility infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney and multiple prospects — is fairly evident. While a major league source said that a deal is not expected on Friday night, it does appear to be gaining momentum to the point where the two teams have exchanged medical records to review as a prelude to a potential deal, whose logic makes all the sense in the world for a Red Sox team that has fallen out of contention.

It’s no secret: In a 12-month span from Dec. 2009 to Dec. 2010, the Red Sox made a series of calculated, high-risk gambles meant to secure a championship core for the long haul, only to see their bets blow up in spectacular fashion. It started in Dec. 2009, when the team signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal through 2014. That was followed by a four-year, $68 million extension in April 2010 that secured the services of Josh Beckett through 2014. The following offseason, after the Sox missed the playoffs, the team traded for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and agreed to the parameters of a seven-year, $154 million extension (on top of his $6.3 million salary in 2011) that would keep him in Boston through 2018. And, finally, the Sox signed free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract at the Dec. 2010 winter meetings, with the deal running from 2011-17.

For a time, it appeared that the Sox had set themselves up for the long haul. But when the team fell apart last September, missing the playoffs by a game — following a 2011 season in which Crawford and Lackey (who required Tommy John surgery) had performed poorly, and in which Beckett had been viewed as a central culprit in a clubhouse that fell apart, those deals started to look ominous, particularly given all that followed in 2012.

The Sox had little to no flexibility to pursue roster upgrades last offeason, at least in the absence of deals to move salary (such as the one that sent Marco Scutaro to the Rockies so that the team would have money to sign Cody Ross). And so, at a time when pitchers such as Hiroki Kuroda, Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt were there for the taking on appealing one-year deals, the Sox did not have the available cash reserves within their payroll to make competitive bids for them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trade Deadline: Dodgers said to be interested in Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez 07.23.12 at 10:10 am ET
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Aramis Ramirez

After three straight losses over the weekend pushed them 10½ games off the pace in the NL Central, the Brewers are likely to be sellers as the trade deadline approaches.

With rumors already circling about Zack Greinke and Francisco Rodriguez being trade bait, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that third baseman Aramis Ramirez is entering the discussion as well.

Ramirez is said to have drawn considerable attention from the Dodgers, who would like an upgrade over Juan Uribe. Hardicourt says trading Ramirez, who is in the first of a three-year, $36 million deal, would be a surprise because the Brewers have no obvious candidate to replace him.

The 34-year-old is hitting .277 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs and is second in the NL with 31 doubles, trailing only Joey Votto (36). Ramirez doesn’t have no-trade protection in his contract.

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Trade Deadline: Yankees reportedly sign ex-Dodger Marcus Thames 07.22.11 at 10:33 am ET
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The Yankees signed former Dodgers outfielder Marcus Thames to a minor league deal, the New York Post’s George A. King III reported Friday.

Thames was designated for assignment after 36 games with the Dodgers in which he hit just .197 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Thames enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2010 with the Yankees, batting a career-best .288 with a .350 OPS, also a career best. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 33.

The 34-year-old righty hitter brings versatility to the Yankees, having played left field, right field, first base and DH in his career.

King wrote that Thames will work at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, then be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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