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Capps choosing between Cubs and Nationals

Dec 22, 2009, 1:30 PM EST

MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that Matt Capps has narrowed his choice of teams down to either the Cubs or Nationals and will make a decision by tomorrow night.
No fewer than a half-dozen teams have been seriously linked to Capps since he was non-tendered by the Pirates, so he figures to end up with more money than he would’ve gotten from Pittsburgh anyway. Chicago and Washington offer much different situations, so the choice will say a lot about Capps’ priorities.
He’d get a chance to close for the Nationals, but may have to take something less than the maximum possible salary to do so and would be playing for a bad team. For the Cubs he’d be a setup man for closer Carlos Marmol, but the money might be better and the team definitely will be. Closing for a bad team or setting up for a contender?
Or maybe he’ll just choose whichever opportunity offers him the most possible money. Yeah, probably that.

  1. Grant - Dec 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Also, Marmol’s no lock to keep his job. He might very well be the Cubs’ closer by June.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Hmmm. A choice between an accursed team whose teleological status is unlikely to change within this millenium, and a bad team whose management decisions this winter are as inexplicable as the metaphysics of any curse. A choice between great pizza and overpriced crabs infected with Pfiesteria. Between fans whose indefatigable love cannot be impugned and the probability of having lawyers for neighbors on both sides of you.
    It’s a rough call. I go with the pizza. Stuffed spinach special with extra veggies, please. And no horsemeat or velveeta, thank you.

  3. The Rabbit - Dec 22, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Or maybe he’ll just choose whichever opportunity offers him the most possible money. Yeah, probably that.

    Hard to disagree with your conclusion; however, there is one other factor to consider if the contracts were equal: Lou Piniella, the clear winner as the players’ least favorite manager.
    Besides the conflicts with Milton Bradley, Piniella had/has issues with Fukudome and others.
    Because I believe that life is too short to spend time in meetings with or without “obnoxious” management, if I were Capps, I’d hope for a third option.

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