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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Joe Tetreault   
Monday, 03 January 2011 21:10

The New York Post's Mike Puma tweets that the Mets have picked up free agent pitchers Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz to one year deals to shore up their pitching staff.
Buchholz spent 2010 with the Rockies and the Blue Jays.  He missed all of 2009 and most of last season, recovering from Tommy John surgery. He appeared in nine games, finishing four and getting credited with a victory in one of them.  The Blue Jays traded him to Boston earlier this offseason to free up space on their roster.  Boston in turn non-tendered him rather than risking an expected raise through the salary arbitration process. He's expected to work in relief for the Mets
Capuano, the noted Segway enthusiast, spent last year with the Brewers.  He missed all of 2008 and most of 2009 recovering from TOmmy John surgery. But he pitched effectively in sixty-six innings for the Brewers after being called up to the majors in June.  Capuano's surgery in 2008 was his second Tommy John operation.  He had hoped to compete for a starting job with the Brewers, but their offseason acquisitions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum made it unlikely that he would be given much of a chance.
To make room, Puma tweets, the club designated Ryota Igarashi for assignment. Igarashi made his American baseball debut in 2010, splitting time between New York and two of their minor league affiliates.  Igarashi finished the year with an earned run average above seven in just over thirty innings pitched.

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