Thursday, September 9, 2010

MUSING CAPPY

I wonder if it's in the Brewers best interest to have Chris Capuano in the starting rotation right now.  If my understanding is correct he's a free agent after this season.  Are we wasting starts showcasing a pitcher that some other team is probably going to sign?  Starts that we could be giving to a pitcher who we know will be here next year?  There's no way he'll be rated as a Type A or Type B free agent (I wouldn't think) so we aren't going to get a thing for him if he leaves.  With a couple more good starts he could get his ERA under 4.00 and as a veteran lefty, could potentially have some significant value on the open market.

On the other hand, by pitching him now, you can see what he's got.  And if you like what you see and are willing to take a chance on him given his injury history, you have the opportunity to offer him a modestly priced contract for next season before he declares free agency.  You'd present him with the 'bird in the hand' dilemma. Maybe he'd bite.

On the other hand, he might see that as a sign that he does indeed have some value and it might encourage him to test the open waters.

On the other hand, if he were looking for a team where he would have the greatest opportunity to sneak into a spot on next year's starting rotation, he really doesn't have to look too far.

If I were Ken Macha (and thank God I'm not), I don't know who I would be pitching right now if not Capuano; so I guess it's OK.  But I've got to believe that the Brewers think he's got a future here beyond this year, because if they don't he shouldn't be in the rotation.

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