With the recent struggles (collapse is a better word, actually) of the Boston Red Sox pitching staff, it's not surprising that Theo Epstein has been scrambling to find help wherever he can, including the New York Mets.
Epstein has reportedly been trying to acquire Mets' pitcher Chris Capuano to make a start against the New York Yankees in the upcoming weekend series between the Red Sox and Yanks.
According to a source with knowledge of the talks, the Red Sox have spent the better part of a week trying to pry left-handed starter and West Springfield native Chris Capuano from the New York Mets for cash in order to start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. (via Boston Herald)
However, it appears that the Mets will hang onto Capuano, who is 11-12 with a 4.47 ERA this season. In addition, Capuano is playing on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. Even if the Red Sox were able to acquire Capuano, he would not be postseason eligible, but as the Boston Herald points out, could help the team get over the hump and reach the playoffs. Boston is a dreadful 5-16 in the month of September.