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Surprise! The Pirates' misjudged Matt Capps' market; multiple teams interested

Dec 14, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

While the Pirates were jerking Matt Capps around last week, and then blaming the media for their inability to trade him, GMs from multiple other teams were waiting for him to fall to them.

MASN reports that the Orioles are interested. The Arizona Republic has the Dbacks interested as well. Ditto the Chicago Tribune and the Cubs. Capps’ agent says that “nine or ten” teams are interested. Take that with a grain of salt — shocking, I know, but agents have been known to engage in professional puffery — but if even three or four teams are interested in the guy, one can’t help but feel that the Pirates misjudged his value somewhat.

  1. NickG - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Believe me, as a Pirates fan, whoever wants Capps can have him. Helen Keller could have done a better job than him last year.

  2. JBerardi - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    but if even three or four teams are interested in the guy, one can’t help but feel that the Pirates misjudged his value somewhat.
    I don’t know about that. Is it surprising that no one wanted to give up talent for the guy, but several teams would be willing to take a chance on him for money only?

  3. Hugh - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    I agree with JBerardi. Wasn’t Huntington’s point that teams were interested in dealing for Capps before the report that the Pirates would non-tender him, but once that surfaced they just decided to wait?

  4. Chip - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    It doesn’t seem like Huntington is blaming the media, just strictly stating the facts. There was a leak, there was a media report, and the Pirates ended up with no leverage to trade him.

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