35-year-old southpaw Chris Capuano's tenure with the Boston Red Sox appears to be over, as the club has announced that they have released the struggling reliever, who cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. Capuano is now a free agent, though Boston still owes him just over $1 million in contractual obligations.
The #RedSox today released LHP Chris Capuano from roster.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 1, 2014
The Massachusetts native signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal (with the potential for $5 million via incentives) with the Red Sox this past offseason, following a 2013 season in which he posted a 4.26 ERA (3.55 FIP) in 105.2 innings with the Dodgers. He started off this year quite well, posting a 1.95 ERA through the end of May. However, he has struggled greatly in five appearances this month, allowing 10 runs in just four innings pitched, ballooning his ERA to 4.55. On the season, he has a 4.01 FIP and 89 ERA+, while posting a career-best 8.24 K/9, yet walking a career-worst 4.26 batters per nine.
Boston designated him for assignment last week in order to make room for right-hander Clay Buchholz, who was coming off the DL, on the active roster.