- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox still have not made it official, but according to manager John Farrell newly signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano is on his way.
“By all accounts he’s traveling here today and will join camp,” Farrell said after Friday’s workouts.
His deal, which is reportedly worth $2.25 million, is pending a physical once he arrives. The deal also includes incentives that could push its value to $5 million, a source told ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes.
Capuano, 35, a native of West Springfield, Mass., has played nine seasons in the National League, including the last two with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
When asked what Capuano will add to the pitching staff, Farrell said: “Experience of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. He clearly gives us a depth starter if that need were to arise, but at the moment, all things considered, he would pitch out of the bullpen for us.”
But Farrell reiterated that the lefty's role could change.
“We don’t want to limit it,” Farrell said. “When he switched to the bullpen last year with the Dodgers there was very good performance, and that’s the one thing that attracted us to him, in addition to the experience as a starter.”
According to Farrell, Capuano has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in preparation for spring training.
“We don’t anticipate once he joins us that it would be too long before he jumps into the rotation of work here,” Farrell said.
If Capuano does fit into the bullpen, that will give the Red Sox three left-handers, including Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller. Having three southpaws that can be effective against both righties and lefties is key for the Red Sox.