The search for pitching help in a thinning market has the Mariners looking at veteran left-hander Chris Capuano, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The report surfaced one day after right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez agreed to a four-year deal with Baltimore for $50 million and with right-hander Ervin Santana showing no signs of lowering his price from a similar range.
Capuano, 35, was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA last season for the Dodgers after going 23-24 with a 4.12 ERA in 66 games over the two previous seasons with the Dodgers and Mets.
The Mariners escalated the search for a pitcher after All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma was diagnosed with a finger injury that is likely to force him to open the season on the disabled list.
Capuano made $6 million last season and believed to be seeking a two-year deal. He is 73-83 with a 4.27 ERA in 238 games over a nine-year career with Milwaukee, Arizona, the Dodgers and Mets.
There would be two benefits to signing Capuano. He would not require the Mariners to surrender a draft pick in compensation, and he would likely cost far less than Santana.
That cost savings could position the Mariners to continue their pursuit of a right-handed power bat to help balance their lineup.