The idea is to stockpile previously injured or ineffective pitchers and perhaps one will become a competent addition. Nothing new to that philosophy. It happens every February in most big league camps.
That is what the Mets seem intent on doing as spring training approaches. Enter rightly Taylor Buchholz (no relation to Boston’s 17-game winner, Clay) and lefty Chris Capuano, two reasonably priced hurlers with a suitor eager for mound help.
Buchholz, 29, is past his once hot prospect label and, overall, has had nominal success in relief.
Capuano, 32, seems a bit more interesting. Despite two Tommy John surgeries, he is still plugging away and will try to come near the form that made him an 18-game winner and the ace of the Brewers pitching staff in 2005.
It’s a long shot, but the Mets really have nothing to lose in taking a look at the Duke graduate. Capuano was named to the NL All-Star team in 2006 as a replacement for Tom Glavine. He also gave up Barry Bonds' 734th career home run that season.
Capuano was 5-0 to start the 2007 season, but the Brewers lost the next 22 games Capuano pitched in. He ended the season at 5-12. Capuano had Tommy John surgery before the 2008 campaign and missed the whole year. He was in the minors in 2009 and was 4-4 in 24 games for the Brewers last season. His first surgery was in 2002.
The Mets are not gambling at all here. There is nothing to lose. Maybe they will discover another R.A. Dickey.