Report: Veteran starter Chris Capuano signs with Red Sox

Thursday February 20th, 2014

Chris Capuano (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Chris Capuano has three straight seasons of at least 20 starts. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Chris Capuano has signed with the Red Sox pending a physical, according to Ron Chimelis of The Republican in Springfield, Mass.

The deal is worth a guaranteed $2.25 million with incentives that could push it to $5 million, according to Jon Heyman of

The 35-year-old Capuano, who has pitched his entire nine-year career in the National League, is expected to arrive at Red Sox spring camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.

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Of Capuano's 238 career appearances, 208 have been starts. However, he will likely be a multi-inning reliever and spot starter for the Red Sox, according to Chimelis, as Boston already has five established starters. He could also be used as a lefty specialist due to left-handed hitters having a paltry career .619 OPS against him.

Capuano grew up a Red Sox fan but has never pitched at Fenway Park. The 2006 All-Star is 73-83 in his career with a 4.27 ERA and missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons after his second Tommy John elbow surgery.

He was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 24 appearances, including 20 starts, for the Dodgers last season. He also made his postseason debut, tossing three hitless innings in the NLDS.

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