In a move that reeks of desperation, the Red Sox have attempted to buy pitcher Chris Capuano from the Mets to make one start, according the Boston Herald.
Though it now appears the deal will not go through, the Red Sox spent nearly a week trying to acquire the left-handed starter in exchange for cash so that he can start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. He would not be eligible to pitch in the playoffs for the Red Sox if he was acquired.
Capuano is 11-12 with a 4.47 ERA this season and has 155 strikeouts in 175.1 innings. He was an All-Star for the Brewers in 2006 and underwent two Tommy John surgeries that kept him out of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
BOSTON -- According to an N.L. talent evaluator who is familiar with some of the Red Sox ongoing talks with teams leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Sox seem focused on adding a bullpen piece and/or back-end starters.
The need for the former is rather obvious, given the current injuries to Criag Kimbrel and Koji Uehara. The Sox can use some upgrades and another experienced arm to guide them through the final two months.
As for the rotation, it's not a surprise that the Sox aren't serious bidders for more glamorous names like Chris Sale, since that would require them to gut their farm system.
But the team's starter depth is perilous, with only Clay Buchholz in reserve. It makes perfect sense that the Sox would be seeking someone else to help provide them with insurance against further injuries or under-performance.
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