Capuano Adds Third Lefty to Dodgers' Rotation

The Dodgers signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2014. Capuano, 34, has pitched in parts of seven Major League seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2003), Milwaukee Brewers (2005-07, 2010) and Mets (2011). Over that time, he owns a career record of 57-64 with a 4.39 ERA in 181 career games (153 starts).

    He agreed to a two-year, $10 million free-agent contract with a mutual option for 2014. The signing apparently means that free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will not return to the Dodgers. They landed Capuano for less money for two seasons than Kuroda would have drawn for one year.

After recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Capuano, 33, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets in 2011, working twice in relief. He began his career in Arizona in 2003, before spending the next five seasons in Milwaukee. He owns a 57-64 career record, and had his best year in '05 -- when he was 18-12 for the Brewers with a 3.99 ERA. The Massachusetts native averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2011. 

"Chris is an established Major League starting pitcher who adds to our staff," said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. "He made more than 30 starts last season was a reliable part of the Mets rotation."  

Capuano has tremendous success in 2005 and 2006 with the Brewers. He won a career best 18 games in 2005, finishing with a 3.99 ERA over a career high 35 starts and led the big leagues with 12 pickoffs. The next season, he went 11-12 with a 4.03 ERA and tied Roy Oswalt for the Major League lead in quality starts with 25. Capuano was also selected to the National League All-Star team in 2006.   

Over the course of his career, Capuano owns a .229 opponents average vs. left-handers, which ranks sixth among all active pitchers over that time (min. 750 IP). He trails just Dontrelle Willis (.200) and Paul Maholm (.216) among lefties in that span (min. 750 IP).   

The southpaw struck a career high 176 batters in 2005 and followed that up with 174 Ks in 2006, ranking second among NL lefthanders in both seasons.   

Capuano is a native of West Springfield, MA and graduated from Cathedral (MA) High School where he was the class valedictorian. He then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a degree in economics. Following his graduation from Duke, he was taken by the Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.

Gordon Named To Topps Rookie All-Star Team
Shortstop Dee Gordon had been named to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team after batting .304 in 56 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gordon started the 2011 campaign in Albuquerque and immediately thrilled 'Topes fans, batting .333 with 51 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 70 games.  

After making his Major League debut on June 6 at Philadelphia, Gordon returned to the Isotopes on July 5 for about a month before joining the Dodgers for good on July 31. By the end of the season, the 23 year-old established himself as the everyday shortstop and leadoff hitter in Los Angeles and his .304 average ranked second-highest among Major League rookies (min. 200 at-bats) and fifth-highest ever by a Dodgers rookie.

The native of Windemere, Florida also tied for second among big league rookies with 24 steals, ranking fifth all-time among Dodger rookies.  

A fourth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Gordon finished the season batting .345 over his last 34 games, the fifth-highest average among qualifying National League hitters in the second half.

Gordon was recognized as the Gillette presents National Rookie of the Month of September, batting .372 with a league-leading 42 hits in 26 games.  

Gordon also ranked second in the NL with 12 steals in the month to go along with his 21 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, and six RBI. He posted a career-long 11-game hitting streak from September 13-24, batting .400 (18x45) during the run, and set a career high with four hits on September 8 at Washington. He is the first Dodger shortstop and 20th all-time Los Angeles player to be selected as a Topps Major League Star in the 53 years of the award. First baseman James Loney was the last Dodger to be selected to the Topps All-Rookie team in 2007.

Note: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, one of the most popular athletes in Los Angeles history, is a major player in a group that wants to buy the team. "I'm a big baseball fan," Johnson said by Friday, "and you think about what the Dodgers have meant to baseball and to Los Angeles, and that part's a no-brainer. ... I've been to that place [Dodger Stadium] hundreds and hundreds of times, every year." Mark Walter, the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, a private global financial services firm, is the money muscle behind the Guggenheim Baseball Management group. According to a fact sheet about the group, Guggenheim Partners has more than $125 billion in assets under management. ...The Royals signed former Dodgers INF Tony Abreu to minor a league contract. 

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