Report: Yanks Targeting Jason Hammel, Interested In Bringing Back Capuano

Add a few more names to the free agent pitching list.  Via Jon Heyman on Wednesday, the Yankees are "targeting" righty starter Jason Hammel along with Brandon McCarthy, and "have interest" in bringing back left-hander Chris Capuano.  An unnamed source in the story reiterated the point about the Yankees not pursuing the big money pitchers this offseason, and these new names make it appear as though they're comfortable swimming in the middle part of the free agent talent pool. Capuano was solid in 12 starts with the Yanks this season, posting a 4.25/3.85/3.78 tripleslash with 55 strikeouts and 0.9 fWAR in 65.2 IP.  I'd have no problem bringing him back as a swingman or rotation depth piece, although he was let go by 2 other teams in 2014 and he was pitching in Triple-A when the Yankees acquired him.  If he comes back, it should be on a very small deal, possibly even a non-guaranteed one.

Hammel I'm not that high on.  He was pretty brutal in 2013 in Baltimore and he got absolutely shelled pitching in Oakland after he was traded from the NL to the AL at this year's deadline.  He doesn't have any kind of track record of pitching well in the American League, he was never a big strikeout guy and his velocity has decreased in each of the last 2 years, and he's moving into his mid-30s.  There's just nothing about him that excites me.  I'd rather take my chances with Shane Greene or Bryan Mitchell or re-sign Capuano before signing Hammel.