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Interest in Matt Capps mounting

Dec 15, 2009, 6:20 PM EDT

I feel like have devoted more time to Matt Capps in the past three days than I have to my family. He’s my white whale. Anyway, to review the bidding:

  • The Pirates blamed media reports that they might non-tender Capps as the reason why they couldn’t trade him. But, you know, they did non-tender the guy, so it’s not like the media boned them or anything.
  • Jerry Crasnick reports that, as of today, there are 16 teams in that line, rendering the Pirates’ moves with respect to the reliever all the sillier.  Dejan says that the interest in Capps is “enormous.” Especially silly: Crasnick also reports that one of the teams interested in him is . . . the Pittsburgh Pirates

If the Pirates didn’t want him, they could have and should have traded him earlier, because there’s obviously a lot of interest in the guy.  And in light of that interest, maybe the Pirates miscalculated on the whole “want” part of that equation to begin with.

Of course, now that they’re in on the guy again, who knows what motives that team.

  1. JBerardi - Dec 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Alright Craig, I give. The Pirates screwed the pooch on this one.

  2. The Rabbit - Dec 15, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    This series of events definitely calls for one of your snarky and more amusing tags.

  3. RobRob - Dec 15, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    The only explanation for this is incompetence.

  4. PRDLJS - Dec 15, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    The other question, is why didn’t one of the 16 teams lining up to sign him, call and try to trade for him. They could have gotten him without having to vie with everyone else.

  5. Preston - Dec 15, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    What is left unsaid, of course, is that those 16 teams (including the Pirates) may value him at $1-2 million, rather than the $4 million plus that the Pirates – or any team he was traded to – would likely have had to pay him in arbitration. I think we have to wait and see what he gets on the market before criticizing the Pirates too much on this one.

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