The Mets today signed 2 pitchers lefthander Chris Capuano to a 1 year $1.5 million contract plus incentives and righthander Taylor Buchholz to a 1 year $600,000 non-guaranteed contract. To make room on the roster they designated for assignment Ryota Igarashi who is owed $1.75M in 2011 and is expected to be brought to camp as a non-roster invitee if he clears wavers.
Capuano who is interested in being a starter in 2011 had negotiations with the Brewers broken off last week after the Brewers additions of Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke to the starting rotation made Capuano’s chances of making the rotation with the Brewers less likely.
Capuano in May will be 3 years removed from his 2nd Tommy John surgery. In his final 7 starts to end the 2010 season he went 2-2 4.14/ERA 37/IP 37/H 17/ER 13/BB 26/SO
Bucholz is considered to be a reliever for the Mets in 2011 was known for a fastball that averaged in the 92-92 mph range and a 12 to 6 curveball. Bucholz who only pitched 12 innings last year admits last season was difficult on his road back from Tommy John says “They usually say it takes that second full season for everything to get back to normal. I’m really excited about this year.”
Bucholz who grew up in Springfield, PA. said about coming to the Mets “It’s close to home, and they’re rebuilding, and there’s a good base there. It felt like a good fit,”