• Calling on Capps?

    Will the Minnesota Twins re-sign Matt Capps?Heís still lurking out there.

    As the offseason nears its close and spring training rapidly approaches, Matt Capps remains a free agent. Since the Twins bought out his 2013 option back in October, there has been very little buzz surrounding the right-handed reliever. At this point, one would have to believe that he could easily be signed to a fairly cheap one-year deal.

    Should the Twins be the ones to give it to him?

    At the beginning of the offseason, Terry Ryan surprisingly stated that his No. 2 priority behind starting pitching was the bullpen. Unless you're confident that Rich Harden is going to become a quality reliever or one of the various iffy minor-league arms they brought in will pan out, nothing has really been done to address that unit as of yet.

    Capps invokes a lot of strong emotions for Twins fans Ė mostly negative. The team gave up too much to acquire him in the first place and spent too much to retain him, myopically focusing on his experience as a closer rather than viewing him as what he is: a perfectly serviceable yet unspectacular righty arm for the late innings.

    Now, the Twins have their closer in Glen Perkins, and overpaying for Capps is no longer a real concern. Relievers donít typically land big contracts in late January, and even if Terry Ryan were to pay a bit more in a one-year pact than weíd like, it doesnít really matter as that money isnít going to prevent him from making any moves he would have otherwise.

    There are enough intriguing arms in the mix for relief jobs this year that one could envision the Twins cobbling together a decent unit without any additions, but Capps would immediately become one of their most established players and would increase the margin for error if, say, Jared Burtonís injury issues reemerge or Casey Fien regresses.

    Capps wasnít a great closer and his strikeout rate has plummeted in the past two seasons, coinciding with a velocity drop, but his 1.17 WHIP during that span is quite solid and heís still under 30. As long as there arenít major lingering questions about his health, he seems like a good bet to be an average middle reliever at worst, and a reliable setup man at best.

    That would make him an asset. Even if his ability to protect leads ends up mattering little in whatís shaping up to be another down year, a bounceback campaign would position him to be flipped for something of value around the deadline (albeit not a Wilson Ramos).

    Capps has caused me and others plenty of frustration over the past few years, but if you take away all that history he looks like a fine, logical option for a team looking to shore up its rotation with a solid veteran. The Twins are familiar with Capps and clearly value his presence in the clubhouse. Why not go out and get him, adding a slight jolt to this winter of inaction?
    This article was originally published in blog: Calling on Capps? started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Huey270 View Post
      I'd take him for a million and hope he has a good year as he could be traded for a decent prospect in July.
      This worked really good in 2012.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      This worked really good in 2012.
      You mean jumping the gun on signing a mediocre pitcher early in free agency only to have the contract given to them end up being a ridiculous overpay?

      2012 Capps = 2013 Correia


      *sadface*


      (I know that's not what you're talking about, but I felt like making that comparison anyway)
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      You mean jumping the gun on signing a mediocre pitcher early in free agency only to have the contract given to them end up being a ridiculous overpay?

      2012 Capps = 2013 Correia


      *sadface*


      (I know that's not what you're talking about, but I felt like making that comparison anyway)
      Like that, but I'd raise you:

      2012 Capps = 2013 Correia = 2011 Pavano.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      1. If he hasn't been signed yet, he is highly unlikely to have any trade value at any time.

      2. The Twins have no room on the 40-man roster. If they sign Joe Saunders (to whom they have offered a contract), they will have to remove someone from the 40 man and risk losing him. I'm OK with doing it for Saunders. But I have zero interest in losing a decent young player for an aging and injury prone mediocre reliever.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      1. If he hasn't been signed yet, he is highly unlikely to have any trade value at any time.

      2. The Twins have no room on the 40-man roster. If they sign Joe Saunders (to whom they have offered a contract), they will have to remove someone from the 40 man and risk losing him. I'm OK with doing it for Saunders. But I have zero interest in losing a decent young player for an aging and injury prone mediocre reliever.
      In a perfect world it would be just that easy to jettison Correia.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      In a perfect world it would be just that easy to jettison Correia.
      And Butera, but every team needs five catchers on their 40-man.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      And Butera, but every team needs five catchers on their 40-man.
      Yeah, but the ball comes out of Drewsy's hand really well when throwing down to second. So, you know.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      I think part of the Twins plan going forward is to start shedding most of the below average players that have been on the team the last few seasons. Capps at 1M is okay but they should be looking at players outside the org.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      I am willing to boo him again if he is signed.
    1. luke829's Avatar
      luke829 -
      I'd do it simply for the fact that we'll get to see the "Fat Capps" word filter in many future posts should it occur.
    1. Maverick's Avatar
      Maverick -
      Well...looks like the Indians got him first. Maybe the Twins hitters will get their chance to tee-off on him after all.Indians Sign Matt Capps: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
    1. Kobs's Avatar
      Kobs -
      I find it odd that this guy didn't get a major league contract somewhere.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kobs View Post
      I find it odd that this guy didn't get a major league contract somewhere.
      His agent forgot to hand out the "proven closer" pamphlets?
    1. Kobs's Avatar
      Kobs -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      His agent forgot to hand out the "proven closer" pamphlets?
      A reliever who can keep his WHIP around 1.2 isn't a minor leaguer.
    1. Knotholemike's Avatar
      Knotholemike -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      But you could write down the name of any pitcher who has had Capps' past success and it would likely be the correct call to give him a 1 mil/1 contract. It just isn't that much money in MLB terms and the bargain potential is too great. If he washes out then send him packing, no big loss.
      It is this kind of thinking that gets GMs fired. Cleveland just signed Capps to a "minor league deal with a major league invite" as I predicted. Lose the boss' money on stupid deals (no matter how large or small) will get you fired. [see Smith, Bill].
    1. sorney's Avatar
      sorney -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
      Well...looks like the Indians got him first. Maybe the Twins hitters will get their chance to tee-off on him after all.Indians Sign Matt Capps: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
      Twins need hitter first. I can see it now...Floriman ripping a wicked 4 hopper to 2B...
    1. Maverick's Avatar
      Maverick -
      Quote Originally Posted by sorney View Post
      Twins need hitter first. I can see it now...Floriman ripping a wicked 4 hopper to 2B...
      ......ending the inning with the bases loaded....
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Knotholemike View Post
      It is this kind of thinking that gets GMs fired. Cleveland just signed Capps to a "minor league deal with a major league invite" as I predicted. Lose the boss' money on stupid deals (no matter how large or small) will get you fired. [see Smith, Bill].
      How many one-milllion one-year deals would it take to get a GM fired? Twenty-five?
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      How many one-milllion one-year deals would it take to get a GM fired? Twenty-five?
      If Ryan could fill out the MLB roster with 25 in a single year, he may get nominated for executive of the year. (By the Pohlads' accountants, that is.)
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