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Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:56 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:30 pm
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- After having lost Joe Nathan to free agency, the Twins have retained relief pitcher Matt Capps, likely to be the closer. Danny Knobler of reports the Twins have signed Capps to a one-year deal with an option for a second year. The Associated Press reports Capps' deal is for $4.75 million and the option for 2013 is worth $6 million with a $250,000 buyout.

Capps, 28, came over midseason in 2010 for the Twins, working magnificently down the stretch for the AL Central champs. He had 16 ssves with a 2.00 ERA and 1.19 ERA. In 2011, however, it was a different story for the Twins as a whole, and Capps was part of it. He recorded 15 saves and nine blown saves with a 4.25 ERA. He closed for a period of time before losing the job to Nathan.

Capps would appear to be the anchor of the Minnesota 'pen now, in front of the likes of Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett and Jose Mijares.


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Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:06 am

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

What is with the Twins' front office's overvaluing Matt Capps?  Last year Capps was offered over $7M in an arbitration deal.  This offseason after he was effectively booed from the closer's role after only converting 15/24 save opportunities (by the way, I have only heard Minnesota fans boo one Twins player ever - Capps) he gets a $4.75M contract.  

Let's review the numbers:  Capps has given up more hits than innings pitched in his career.  That's just awful for a closer.  Capps has a career whip greater than 1.2 (which again, is awful for a closer).  Capps managed a paltry strikeout ratio of 4.7/9 innings (incredibly awful for a closer).  But he was "injured" last season.  In 2011 he managed a SO/BB ratio of 2.62.  In 2010 (a healthy season), Capps managed a SO/BB ration as a Twin of 2.63.  Not a good sign.  Capps also has managed to give up 10 or more homeruns in three different seasons already in his career (again, really awful for a closer).

But apparently, because he managed a combined 42 saves one year, he should be rewarded with a large contract.  Perkins could have closed for a lot cheaper and the Twins could have used the money to sign a legitimate closer or a starting pitcher.

On the good news side of things, the Twins spending $19M on 2 "closers" has been reduced to $4.75M on one "closer" this year. 

Capps is a decent relief pitcher and can close games.  But he should not be paid as an average closer (who are already overpaid in general - which is one of the no brainer points in Moneyball.


Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

In defense of Capps, pitching coach Anderson said that Capps was having arm problems and that is what hampered him last season. Hopefully he can bounce back . Good luck Matt.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:39 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:57 pm

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

Ugh, the Twinkies sure miss their dome field advantage.  How is re-signing a "closer" who was a brutal 15 of 24 in saves fundamentaly sound?  The pitching isn`t looking real good, but hey it`s only $4,750,000/$6,000,000/$250,000 buy out.  Just enough to keep MCapps well fed. Bcak to the drawing board Twinkies. 

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:26 am

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

Dont mean to knock Capps, but every time I see that name  I am reminded of an old comic strip character named Andy Capp whose strip I greatly enjoyed.
But, I do wish the Twins good luck with Capp!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:33 am

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

That's a relief.Capps is a great closer for a team like the Twins.Now they have a catcher who can't catch,a DH who can't see & a closer who can save 33% of the time he's needed.Perfect!

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:58 pm

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

With a reworked infield Capps should not have to be too fine with his pitches. Pitch to contact and let better fielders get it done.

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:27 pm

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

Ugh. Not Capps again.  I think the Royals got a better deal with Broxton for 4 million. Atleast Broxton has the potential to be a stud closer while Capps is a average bullpen arm at best. 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:16 pm

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

Might wanna reconsider the plans on moving the fences in, lest Capps be charged with accessory to murder for one of his many gopher balls striking fans in the bleachers...

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:10 pm

Matt Capps re-signs with Twins

 Great, another year down the tubes!

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