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Rumor: Twins interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps

Jul 27, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Twins are interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps, which along with yesterday’s report that they’re talking to the Blue Jays about various relievers makes it pretty clear that Minnesota is in the market for bullpen help.
It’s tough to find anyone who has any sort of confidence in Jon Rauch as a closer, but he’s actually done a very good job filling in for the injured Joe Nathan by converting 20-of-24 saves with a 3.22 ERA and 26/9 K/BB ratio in 36.1 innings.
Capps has a longer history of closing and I’m sure that’s what the Twins find appealing about him, but he’s hardly a prototypical flame-throwing closer and hasn’t really been any better than Rauch with a 2.86 ERA and 36/9 K/BB ratio in 44 innings.
Beyond that the Twins’ bullpen as a whole has hardly been a problem this year. In fact, Twins relievers lead the league with a 3.17 ERA and haven’t been particularly overworked, ranking in the middle of the pack in innings and appearances.
Capps certainly wouldn’t be a bad addition and pushing Rauch back into a setup role would only make the overall bullpen stronger, but Kurkjian speculates that the Nationals will ask the Twins for top catching prospect Wilson Ramos in exchange for Capps and … well, that would just be silly.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    It looks like The Yankees interest in Haren may have been just to aquire Werth from philly. Tom Verducci “One team source said before the Angels obtained Haren that Amaro had been keeping an eye on the Yankees’ bid for Haren because the Phillies discussed sending Werth to the Yankees in a deal for Haren.”
    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/tom_verducci/07/27/phillies.deadline/index.html?eref=writers#ixzz0utvf9sWc

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