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Twins decline Matt Capps’ $6 million option for 2013

Oct 24, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Minnesota has finally decided to say goodbye to Matt Capps, declining his $6 million option for 2013 and paying the 29-year-old right-hander a $250,000 buyout.

That ends one of the more head-scratching love affairs in recent memory, as the Twins gave up Wilson Ramos to get Capps from the Nationals in mid-2010 and then paid him about $13 million for what turned out to be a total of 122 innings with a 3.61 ERA and 5.4 strikeouts per nine frames.

Capps is a perfectly solid setup man when healthy, but he’s an example of the folly behind labeling someone a “proven closer” based on save totals and he’ll likely have to settle for a modest one-year deal while coming back from shoulder problems.

  1. nolanwiffle - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Wait a second……I was told Mike Rizzo’s an idiot.

    • vikesfansteve - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      and Bill Smith was his bitch.

    • kevinleaptrot - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Yep, Twins really pulled the wool over his eyes on this one.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Funny if the Nats signed him too and do it again with another team. He could definitely relieve some of Clippards innings and join an already strong bullpen. Doubtful since our young players pitched well out of the bullpen but not out of the realm of possibilites.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Hope Rizzo doesn’t repeat his signing of Brad Lidge. They have several RH relievers already and, as usual, there should be a glut of relievers on the market. Rizzo should be able to add depth with a reliever of two who are better, and less expensive, than Capps.

  2. natsattack - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I’m not sure who to thank more, Capps, or the Twins GM.

  3. b453841l - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Obviously, this is just the first step of the Twins’ front office tshtick him up long-term in something like a 3 year 15 million dollar “team friendly” deal.

    “I need an ESTABLISHED closer!” -Ron Gardenhire

    “I think Bill Smith was on the right track with this Capps guy… Maybe we can get lucky and only have to pay him $5 million a year.” -Terry Ryan (thinking outside the box)

    • 1baseballfan - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Although in Gardenhire’s defense, he was there when they got Joe Nathan to be their closer; he of the 1 career save at that point.

  4. Kleinz 57 - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    The cynic in me envisions Andrew Friedman signing him to a one-year deal where Capps miraculously becomes the AL’s best closer in 2013.

    At which point I will cry myself to sleep each night into a very worn Homer Hanky.

  5. rgledz - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Thank goodness Billy Smith traded Wilson Ramos for this guy. Bill Smith, the GM that set the franchise back 5 years…..minimum.

  6. moogro - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    That’s $106,000 an inning that no one wanted him to pitch anyway. Fans ought strike.

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