Just from December alone…
Ken Davidoff, New York Post:
The Mets also have engaged in trade discussions with the Dodgers, who have former Met Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, neither of whom likely would be in the team’s starting rotation if the 2013 season began today.
Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports:
The Mariners are a longshot for the 2013 playoffs but can make themselves more relevant with another move or two. Wednesday’s trade opened up a spot for a veteran left-hander in the Seattle rotation. (The Mariners spoke with the Dodgers recently about Chris Capuano, a source said Wednesday, but it doesn’t appear those talks have progressed.)
Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports:
Righty Zack Greinke and lefty Ryu Hyun-jin turned out to be those two starters, and now Harang and Capuano are even more in play. The Pirates, Mariners, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians are among the teams checking in, major-league sources tell FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.
A trade for New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey is unlikely, sources say, and the Rangers might simply aim lower, seeking a fifth starter who would be an upgrade over lefty Martin Perez — say, someone like Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano.
Buster Olney, ESPN (along with everyone else)
An evaluator on Chris Capuano:”He’s going to have more value to a National League team.” LAD has talked to Pirates;Milw a nice fit on paper.
Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe:
Capuano could be a fit for Boston
…and so on. I have no idea where they’ll end up — probably one of the teams mentioned here, though I’m sure there’s others involved, too — but with the way the market has exploded this winter, suddenly two league-average guys on short contracts for reasonable salaries might have some value. Not a lot of value, of course, so anyone who thinks Capuano is bringing back Mike Olt of Kyle Seager needs to reset those expectations. If they can help bring back a righty outfielder, backup catcher, or decent B-level prospect, I think I’ll be happy with that.