We can all see where this is going. Chris Capuano is a soft-tossing lefty starter that could easily replace Oliver Perez on the Major League roster. Taylor Buchholz should find a spot in the bullpen as a right-handed middle reliever. The Mets had to make room on the roster and Ryota Igarashi was designated for assignment.
Capuano signed for 1-year/$1.5 million with performance bonuses. Buchholz signed a non-guaranteed $600,000 contract with bonuses. The Mets are on the hook for $1.75 million for Igarashi for this year as part of the lost money they’ll be responsible for.
Capuano has been through two Tommy John surgeries and couldn’t keep a spot in the awful Brewers rotation last year. Although his numbers look like Felix Hernandez compared to Perez. He was 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA last year in 9 starts and 15 relief appearances.
The bottom line is that the Mets are signing some players on the cheap as we knew they would. They’re not making any major financial commitments and hoping they can find a diamond in the rough.