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Capuano gets into the bonus

Chris Capuano is into the bonus. Bonus money, that is.

When Sandy Alderson signed injury-prone pitchers Chris Young and Capuano to contracts last offseason, the first-year GM offered each the opportunity to earn a maximum of $4.5 million. But Young was guaranteed only $1.1 million, with Capuano guaranteed $1.5 million -- mitigating the Mets’ risk. The rest had to be earned through staying healthy and logging innings and starts.

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

#38 SP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM18
  • W8

  • L7

  • BB26

  • K82

  • ERA4.19

Young did not get to any benchmarks to increase his salary before undergoing career-threatening surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder.

Capuano, meanwhile, has started to get into the bonus numbers that escalate his salary.

After limiting the Dodgers to two runs in six innings Monday night in Los Angeles in a 5-2 win, Capuano (8-7) has now made 16 starts and logged 96 2/3 innings.

That means he already has added $175,000 to that $1.5 million base salary. And the numbers should continue to climb. Here’s the contract breakdown:

$1.5 million base salary.

Plus:

$125,000 for 15 games started

$150,000 for 20 games started

$75,000 for each game started from 21 through 31

$100,000 for 32 games started

$100,000 for 20 relief appearances

$100,000 for 30 relief appearances

$100,000 for 40 relief appearances

$100,000 for 50 relief appearances

$100,000 for 60 relief appearances

(A maximum of $1.2 million may be earned for games started and relief appearance bonus combined.)

$50,000 for 90 innings pitched

$100,000 for 100 innings pitched

$100,000 for 110 innings pitched

$100,000 for 120 innings pitched

$100,000 for 130 innings pitched

$125,000 for 140 innings pitched

$175,000 for 150 innings pitched

$175,000 for 160 innings pitched

$200,000 for 170 innings pitched

$200,000 for 180 innings pitched

$225,000 for 190 innings pitched

$250,000 for 200 innings pitched

Plus: $50,000 for All Star; $150,000 for Comeback Player of the Year.

As for Monday’s performance, Capuano said: “When you’re in a tight game, you know every run is big. That’s why even early on I was upset. I had a chance to get out of an inning where (James) Loney ended up getting a hit off me on an 0-2 count (for a 1-0 Dodgers lead in the second). I didn’t feel like I really had my best stuff out there, so it was kind of a grind.”

Capuano actually got nailed while in the on-deck circle in the sixth inning on a foul ball off the bat of Ruben Tejada. Terry Collins feared the ball struck Capuano’s right knee, but the southpaw was fortunate.

“It was just a little bruise on the inside of the leg,” Capuano said. “No big deal.”