The Dodgers are on the verge of signing free agent pitcher Chris Capuano, according to Jim Bowden.
The former Cincinnati Reds general manager posted on Twitter: Dodgers and Capuano closing on 2-year 10m dollar deal that could signal the end to Kuroda's days in LA.'
Capuano, 33, had a 4.55 earned run average with the New York Mets last season. The left-hander threw 186 innings and had an 11-12 record.
As Bowden mentioned, the signing means reliable starter Hiroki Kuroda will move on from Los Angeles. The veteran Japanese right-hander had his best season with the Dodgers in 2011, posting a 3.07 ERA, and throwing 202 innings.
If Bowden's figures are correct, the Dodgers would receive Capuano for significantly less than they might have offered Kuroda. Last winter, Kuroda signed a one-year deal worth $12 million.
The Dodgers may still need to add another starting pitcher, or go with 21-year-old Nathan Eovaldi as the fifth starter in 2012.