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Indians add Matt Capps to bullpen mix on minor league deal

Jan 31, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Cleveland has signed right-hander Matt Capps to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Due to a mix of injuries and blown saves Capps lost his closer job in Minnesota after the Twins overpaid to acquire and then keep him, but if healthy he’s a perfectly decent setup man with a 3.52 career ERA through age 28.

Capps was always miscast as a closer because he’s basically a one-pitch pitcher and doesn’t miss many bats, but he throws strikes and has plenty of late-inning experience. As a highly paid closer he was all sorts of overrated, but as a middle reliever on a minor-league deal he’s a nice pickup.

  1. Ben - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    My girlfriend is going to be so sad. She loved Matt Capps, and was perhaps his only defender in 2011. “They shouldn’t boo him, it’s not his fault he sucks and the Twins keep using him as the closer.” Which is actually a totally reasonable argument.
    I’d pour one out for Matt Capps, but it’s -22 with the windchill, so I’m sure as hell not going outside.

    • wlschneider09 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      If that comment doesn’t capture the essence of Minnesota, nothing ever will.

  2. latchbeam - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Ben, that was poetry… well written!

  3. greatdayfortwo - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    The best part about this story – he probably cannot become a Minnesota Twin in 2013.

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