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New York Mets News & Rumors: Capuano, Buchholz Signed

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said since taking over the job that he did not have much money to throw around so he would be bargain-hunting to fill the team's many needs. Well, Alderson's bargain-bin shopping has now landed the team two pitchers who could compete for slots in the 2011 starting rotation -- Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz. Both pitchers have signed one year-deals.

Capuano is a 32-year-old left-hander who went 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 24 appearances (nine starts) with Milwaukee a season. He missed all of the 2008 and 2009 seasons after undergoing the second Tommy John surgery of his career. Capuano has a 46-52 career record with a 4.35 ERA. He won 18 games in 2005. Capuano signed a $1.5 million deal.

Buchholz, 29, is a right-hander who was 1-0 in nine games with Colorado and Toronto. He missed all of the 2009 season after undergoing elbow surgery. Buchholz has a 19-21 career record with a 4.39 ERA in 135 games, 27 starts.

This might take the Mets out of the running for free-agent left-hander Jeff Francis, who is also on the New York Yankees' radar.

Chris Capuano

#39 / Pitcher / Milwaukee Brewers





Aug 19, 1978

Taylor Buchholz

Toronto Blue Jays



Oct 13, 1981