They couldn't make the final rotation cut. Aaron Harang went early, Chris Capuano was ultimately relegated to the bullpen but did not make the Dodgers' playoff roster.
But look at them now.
Chris Capuano, the man who was initially reluctant to make the bullpen move, has been a revelation as a left-handed reliever for the Boston Red Sox. He threw 2-1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday and has yet to give up a run in nine appearances.
Capuano, 35, did not sign with the Red Sox until just before spring-training camp opened, but they must be having a difficult time figuring out how they would get by without him. In 13 innings, he has struck out 12, walked one and given up six hits.
Harang didn't sign with the Atlanta Braves until camp was almost over March 25. Yet, he's 3-1 in four starts with a 0.70 earned-run average.
In his last start against the New York Mets, he was up to 121 pitches, so the Braves removed him after seven innings despite working on a no-hitter.
Capuano was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA for the Dodgers last season. Harang, who turns 36 on May 9, was 5-12 with a 5.40 ERA last season for the Mariners (who released him) and the Mets.