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UPDATE: Twins, Matt Capps come to terms on one-year, $4.75 million deal

Dec 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

Matt Capps AP

9:10 p.m. EST update: Capps will earn $4.5 million in 2012, according to ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson. The option is worth $6 million and includes a $250,000 buyout.

6:55 p.m. EST update: Capps and the Twins have a deal for one year with an option for 2013, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports.

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Matt Capps will likely re-sign with the Twins, a source tells Steve Popper of the Bergen Record.

While no one else is confirming the news, it could be telling that the Red Sox are now out of the hunt for Capps, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

A Capps-Twins reunion seemed highly unlikely a few months ago, what with Capps routinely getting booed off the mound on his way to blowing nine saves during a rough 2011 season. He did pitch somewhat better late in the year as a setup man for Joe Nathan, but he was never dominant at any point. More discouraging than his 4.25 ERA was the fact that he fanned just 34 batters in 65 2/3 innings. He struck out 59 in 73 innings for Washington and Minnesota in 2010.

Capps, though, is a better fit in Target Field than he would be most anywhere else. He gives up a lot of long flyballs, but most of those turn into outs in Minnesota and he hardly ever walks anyone. It’d still probably make more sense for the Twins to take the draft pick they’d get with his departure and go sign Octavio Dotel instead, but Capps probably will pitch somewhat better in 2012.

  1. harmbry - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Gross.

  2. trevorb06 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    The Twins are now going to be the new Mariners of the league.

    So gentlemen, I need a new rooting interest for next year and I’m taking suggestions on this thread. Please explain your suggestion as to why I should root for said team.

    • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      Blue Jays: You get to refer to them as “Beaver Men”. Jose Bautista bromance option. Eligible for arbitration by season end and a you get a free no trade clause when it snows. All the Rush you can handle. Comes with Joe Torre approved Cowboy Joe West Hate™. And Celine Dion…actually you can just have Celine as a free gift just for taking a look-see at your incentive laden Blue Jay’s fanboy option…oh and take Bieber. You can use them for batting practice.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        You can also keep Pam Anderson for free but Shania Twain is a keeper.

        Whoever the Jays end up with as a closer, will be better than Capps.

        Turn your lonely eyes to Toronto. We might just teach you a bit about the sport of beaver wrestling.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Pick the Blue Jays because Morneau needs a change of scenery, (and if A.A. could swing a trade) where better to rejuvenate his career than the Beaver Men. Having Canadian boys covering the infield corners would be sweet.

  3. jodermann - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I don’t even know what to say. Terrible.

    • sknut - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      If its for 3-4 million then I am ok with it but more than that and its a bad move, at least its only one year.

  4. hansob - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    I hope the forearm injury is the only thing that sent his K% plummeting, but I doubt it. This is the Twins once again overvaluing 1) “proven” closers, 2) clubhouse guys who are always willing to “give it a go”.

  5. crankyfrankie - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    OK Trevor here goes your rooting interest should be the Philadelphia Phillies.
    1. A beautiful and historic city home of the constitution and the first nations capital.
    2. Beautiful full ball park with enthusiastic fans.
    3. You always have an article or two waiting for you here about your favorite team whenever you stop by.
    4. We are a team of talented scrappy players who play the game the right way and are not arrogant about it. I said the players not the fans.
    5. I’ve been doing it for over 40 years and even in the lean/bad times it was fun.
    This being said don’t give up on your twins cause now you can sit in the much better seats as the fair weather fans all scurry to Milwaukee.

    • JBerardi - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      It’s also the Twins fundamentally not understanding where they stand as a franchise. It’s like they just think that last year was an aberration caused by injuries and ineffectiveness from their best players. And to a certain extent it was, but the problem isn’t so much the injuries to top talent, it’s the lack of anything resembling a major league team surrounding that top talent. Alexi Casilla? Danny Valencia? These are bad, bad players. The Twins gave 18 players 100 or more PAs last year and NINE of them had OPBs under .300.

      Point is, this team should be more worried it’s complete lack of depth at ANY position than it is about having a “proven close” around.

  6. wlschneider09 - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Gosh it’s so great to have a proven closer…..

    Sigh :(

  7. trevorb06 - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    It has been decided. Next season I shall also root for the Blue Jays. They still are much like what I want the Twin’s to be, true underdogs, only they’re in a tougher division. Go Jays! [and Twins, though I've lost hope already]

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