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Twins acquire Matt Capps

Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:07 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 11:57 pm

The Twins, having veered away from their first choice of starting pitching because of the lack of it in this year's trade market, have agreed to send Triple-A catcher Wilson Ramos to the Washington Nationals for closer Matt Capps, has learned.

The Nationals also are sending an undisclosed amount of cash to the Twins and will receive 24-year-old, Class A left-handed pitcher Joe Testa.

Capps, who has 26 saves and a 2.74 ERA in 46 appearances for the Nationals, gives manager Ron Gardenhire a proven, All-Star closer who is expected to replace Jon Rauch in the ninth innings.

Capps' arrival also adds depth to a Twins' bullpen that already ranks first in the American League with a 3.19 ERA but has been taxed lately by a rotation that is pitching too few innings. Twins' starters rank 10th in the AL with a 4.39 ERA.

In Capps, the Twins add depth to go with Rauch and set-up men Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain and Jose Mijares. The Twins recently recalled reliever Anthony Slama as well but are not sure how he will respond during the heat of a pennant race.

Meantime, they moved Brian Duensing from the bullpen to the rotation, further taxing the bullpen.

The Nationals have been entertaining offers for Capps, who is a free agent this winter and would be cut loose because Drew Storen is the club's closer of the future. Capps is due a little less than $1 million in salary for the rest of this summer.

The Twins still have money in their budget for a starting pitcher to boost a lagging rotation after Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano, but they've had difficulty even finding a quality starter who would consider them. They talked with Houston about Roy Oswalt, but Oswalt had the Twins on his no-trade list. So, too, did Dan Haren -- about whom the Twins also inquired. Ditto for Ted Lilly, whom the Cubs are looking to move but in whom there is far less interest than there was in Oswalt or Haren.

The Twins into Thursday were second in the AL Central, trailing the Chicago White Sox by one game.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:30 pm

Twins acquire Matt Capps

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Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 1:48 am

Lee, Oswalt and Lilly did not want to come here.

These guys do know that we have a new stadium and we are contending for a division title, right?

Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:23 am

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Agreed.  Rauch only throws in the low 90's has too many walks.  He fits better in the set-up role.  Guerrier isn't the same guy he was last year either.  If we weren't going to get one of the stud starters, this was the next best thing.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:22 am

Twins acquire Matt Capps

You talk about trading for a #4 pitcher, but we have 2 of them on our staff right now.  Both Baker and Slowey play like number 4 pitchers would.  So why do you want another one?  Also, this is duensing's could prove to be a decent pitcher, especially in the #5 spot.  If the twins were going to trade for a SP it would have to be a #1 or #2 guy.  Anything worse than that really just adds more mediocrity to the club.

Also, Jon Rauch is a decent pitcher, but not a great closer.  The twins went from serviceable closer to all star closer right there.  And now Rauch will be available in the bullpen which is never a bad thing.

Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:09 am

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Good move.  Now for starting pitching, maybe we can pick up the Met's pitcher who shut out St Louis today.  R A Dickey is 7-4 with a 2.7 ERA, but wait, wasn't he a Twin last year?

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:03 am

Twins acquire Matt Capps

sounds like ramos had some nagging injury issues, so they might have actually gotten something of value for someone that is soon to be broken.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 12:02 am

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Ah, yes, FoxSports's secret inside "sources"... Of course, I should have know.  Were these super top secret MLB Sources by chance members of the Minnesota Twins front office?    Oswalt or Haren, no doubt, would have signed off on a trade to the Twins in a heartbeat.   Anyone really feel like letting the Minnesota Twins front office off the hook on not landing any of the top 3 starters, yet alone a scrub like Ted Freaking Lilly? 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:58 pm

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Did I miss something?  Where is Mr. Miller finding a source that claims Oswalt, Haren, and Lilly have the Twins on their no-trade lists? 

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:42 pm

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Twins acquire Matt Capps

So we just gave up a switch hitting proven catcher for a setup man?  When the mariners were looking for young hitting talent at the catching position and traded away Lee?

I think everyone got screwed here except the nationals...


Proven? He's a 23 yr old struggling to hit .240 at Triple-A. Just because he's blocked by Mauer doesn't excuse him from actually proving his talent. You're only going to go so far on hype alone, especially the inflated hype of the home town fan. Whatever Ramos's perceived worth was before, this is his adjusted basis now.

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