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Twins acquire Matt Capps

Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:07 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 11:57 pm
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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, CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:27 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

A dacent move as Rauch is no longer fooling anyone and Capps packs heat.  Compare their stats for the last month if you doubt this.  Ramos had no future as a Twin.  The Twins starters need to step it up.  Trading for a fourth starter may not bring the club anything better than what they have now but they still have some time to find somone.  Brett Farve perhaps?  Hmmm time to refill the pipe . . .



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:26 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

They pick up another good arm for the bullpen but this guy isn't really a stud closer. I wonder if a few years from now the Nationals won't be the big winners in this trade. It won't be long until the Nats are contenders, they are adding some really good players to their system.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:19 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Cappsif you watched Rauch at

You guys don't get it, this is a good move if you watched Rauch at all he scares the crap out of you and wasn't even named as the closer until opening day. He is a setup man and Capps has a closers fastball!! Duensing will more than fill the 5th starter spot just watch him eat up innings and get the game to our new setup man and closer (no more Mijares). Twins have a great hitting lineup and we need to keep leads and now we will better than before.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

It is a good move for the Twins!  We will more than likely see 3 or 4 more like him come and go in Mauers era.  I love the Twins way, but why not live a little for now.  This may be the team that could do it all!  GO TWINS!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:05 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

This trade definitely qualifies as a head scratcher.

Jon Rauch is not the problem. He can only save games when the games are close and with the Twins it is either get blown out or do the blowing out (ask Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals about that from earlier this week).

The Twins really do need a #4 starter if they have aspirations of playing in the American League Championship Series and the World Series.

Ted Lilly is not the answer because he would be a National League pitcher coming to the American League which does not bode well.

Maybe a Kevin Milwood of the Baltimore Orioles could help. It is only a suggestion and remember you are trying to get a #4 starter not Cy Young.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:04 pm
 

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...

Oh I didn't know Ramos was proven? You're judging this off the little stint he had earlier in like 9 games? He had like 6 of those 9 games end with 0 hits. He batted ok in the minors last year, but started to slip this year and just had 2 good games when he came up that inflated his MLB BA to like .309 or whatever he ended at. I think they could've got more yes, but he is NOT a proven catcher yet, not even close.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

Good move for the Twins. The hype over Ramos was overdone, and MN has an answer at C for the next 8-10 years with some guy named Mauer.

Twins fans who think this was a bad trade ar people who read/listen to Senile Sid far too much



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:58 pm
 

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...
My thoughts exactly, and I'm a Mariners fan.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:54 pm
 

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...



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Twins acquire Matt Capps

We were going to trade Wilson Ramos this year anyway....Matt Capps is our new closer plain and simple. Worth giving up Ramos? No. But seeing as we passed up on all the available starters this was the next best option. You other Twins fans probably don't watch a lot of Nats baseball, Capps throws HEAT (97+ MPH)...he's an all-star relief guy and much more reliable than Jon Rauch.


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