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Indians release Matt Capps

Mar 25, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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Last week the Indians informed Matt Capps that he wouldn’t be making the Opening Day roster and today they released the veteran reliever.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians may still try to re-sign Capps to a new minor-league deal, but in the meantime they released him to avoid paying a potential $100,000 bonus if he accepted an assignment to Triple-A.

Last year at this time Capps was the Twins’ closer and his deal with the Indians would have paid $1 million upfront and another $2 million in incentives if he’d made the team.

  1. aarontzach - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Thank god the Indians have spring training in Arizona and not Florida, or Ron Gardenhire would already be on his way over to pick Matt up.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    What happened to this guy? He was traded for Wilson Ramos and fell apart? I could check his baseball reference page but stats aren’t telling of how someone truly performs. I watched Chad Durbin pitch for my bravos last year and with the Nats. If you look at his stats, he appears to be really good, when in fact he is used in the 5-6 innings of blowouts. Any insight from a twins fan maybe?

    • dluxxx - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      He’s always been overrated, and the Twins picked him up because he was a “Proven Closer.” In all, he has the stuff to be a good late inning reliever (7th or maybe setup man) but I wouldn’t trust him as a closer. He just isn’t that good.

      Twins fans didn’t call him Matt Collapse for nothing…

      • dluxxx - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Change “has” to “had” and I think that’s more accurate. Not sure if he still has anything left.

    • tuberippin - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Nothing happened to him. He was never that good to begin with, and Minnesota looked foolish the second they agreed to trade Wilson Ramos for Capps’ services. It looks all the more ridiculous when you consider that last year they slotted Glen Perkins into the closer’s role and he pitched just fine.

      That’s one thing Chad Durbin and Matt Capps both have in common: they suck.

    • Cris E - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      He was the tallest midget in a couple of weak bullpens in PIT and WAS, and Twins’ GM Bill Smith sniffed out his lovely Closer bouquet at the deadline the last time they were chasing the playoffs. He was fine (27 G, 27 IP, 2.00 ERA after the deadline.) In 2011 he was not awesome, but honestly by that point in his career he’d been in a lot of games and was probably just used up. Between 2006-11 he appeared in 85, 76, 49, 57, 74 and 69 games, and he’d probably have seen even more work if he’d been more effective in those two down years. There are limits to what a non-LOOGY reliever can do over time, and he’s probably at a point where a right handed fastball-slider guy has to cheat, get all Jamie Moyer in his approach, or retire.

  3. dracko19 - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Rotator cuff injury w/Twins. Trying to make a comeback.

    Hey DET! Closer issue solved for free! Give this guy a look!

    • dluxxx - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      As a Twins fan I say please do!

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Combined with the $100,000 they saved by releasing Matsuzaka, the Indians have increased their savings to a grand total of $200,000. I assume that they can afford to keep Kazmir.

  5. knowlegeforyou - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM


  6. randygnyc - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Because I spend a lot of time in Minnesota, I keep a pretty close eye on the twins, in addition to routing for my beloved Yankees. In all his interviews and quotes, he always seemed to be a decent person. But he isn’t very talented, and outside of his aberrational results for the Nat’s, what you see now is what he really is.

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