Tag:Matt Capps
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:53 pm
 

Guillen goes off... again

Ozzie Guillen What's a day without an Ozzie Guillen rant?

Today's topic? Jim Thome, who hit a two-run walkoff homer on Tuesday against his old club.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez has highlights of the reported 13-minute tirade.

Here's the basics:
"For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes it's my fault," Guillen said. "If those people don't like that, [bleep] them."

Guillen reminded reporters that it was Thome who waived his no-trade clause on Aug. 31 to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he's getting more playing time with the Twins recently only because slugger Justin Morneau has been sidelined since July 8 because of a concussion.

"I'm not afraid," Guillen said. "I can care less what people think. We're in second place. When Jim Thome was here, we finished third three times out of four years (actually two third-place finishes and one fourth-place ending). We went to one playoff because he hit a home run to go to the playoffs.

"Listen, I don't make that decision, we made that decision. It was hard for me to do this. A lot of people in Chicago talk about Jim Thome. How about J.D.? I think Jermaine Dye did more stuff for the Chicago White Sox than Jim Thome did, with all my respect to Jimbo.

"What's going on here? I don't get it. Why do people forget about J.D.? People don't even talk about J.D. at all. If Thome was a better player than J.D. for the White Sox, that's the answer. J.D.'s not playing for the Twins."
What's more, Guillen said the fact the game went to extra innings wasn't because his team fought back, nope, it's because Ron Gardenhire took out starter Scott Baker, who gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"That's Gardenhire's fault for bringing those guys [Jon Rauch, Matt Capps] into pitch," Guillen said. "He should have left that guy in that started the game and then we're still playing. I'm not running away from anybody. I don't run from anybody because I sleep very well last night, I played golf this morning. I didn't change anything. I rode my bike, go to sleep and as soon as I'm done with [this game] I'm going to go back to sleep. Same stuff." Same stuff, different day. But it's still mighty entertaining.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 pm
 

Twins banged up in Chicago

It was a rough night for the Twins -- and not just because they lost 6-1 to the White Sox to fall back into a tie for first in the American League Central.

MLB.com's Kelly Thesier's Twitter account has a running list of the team's injuries:

Reliever Jose Mijares was on crutches in the clubhouse with a likely right knee strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares, who gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Mijares seemed to land awkwardly covering first on Carlos Quentin's leadoff single in the eighth.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game with a sore wrist, but told Thesier he'd be able to play in the series finale on Thursday.

Also hurt was reliever Jon Rauch, who has a "black and blue toe" on his right foot and said it bothered him on the mound on Tuesday. Rauch, replaced as the team's closer when Matt Capps was acquired at the trade deadline, allowed a run in his one-inning of work on Tuesday. Wednesday, Capps finished the game out after Mijares left, despite the team being down five runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:27 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 11:54 pm
 

Capps supplants Rauch as Twins' closer

As reported earlier Thursday by Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, the Twins acquired Nationals closer Matt Capps in exchange for prize catching prospect Wilson Ramos.

It was initially unclear how the Twins would handle the late innings, but Kelly Thesier of MLB.com reports via Twitter that Capps will take Jon Rauch's place as closer and Rauch will set up. Manager Ron Gardenhire called Rauch to give him the news.

Rauch has 21 saves and has blown four. He has a 3.05 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Twins interested in Capps


Matt Capps The Twins may be worried enough about closer Jon Rauch that they're considering the Nationals' Matt Capps, according to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

Rauch pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday against Baltimore, but allowed a hit and a walk. In his previous two outings, he gave up two runs in each, a loss to the Indians and a win against the White Sox.

Rauch has 20 saves in 24 opportunities and a 3.22 ERA, along with 26 strikeouts to go along with nine walks in 36 1/3 innings. His WHIP is 1.376 and hitters are hitting .283/.323/.400 off of Rauch. This month, though, they're hitting .379/.472/.414 off of him and he has an ERA of 7.11.

Capps has 24 saves in 28 opportunities to go along with his 2.86 ERA. Batters are hitting .283/.317/.428 against him, along with 36 strikeouts and nine innings. While Rauch has struggled this month, Capps has three wins and two saves to go along with a 0.96 ERA and hitters are just batting .229/.270/.371 against him since July 1.

Capps is signed to a one-year deal for $3.5 million this season after being non-tendered by the Pirates and is arbitration-eligible for 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:01 pm
 

Nationals' Rizzo isn't actively selling

The Washington Nationals are 40-53 and in their usual spot at the bottom of the National League East standings and by all accounts should be selling off pieces at the trade deadline. However, according to CSNwashington.com's Mark Zuckerman , the store is not only not open, the lights are off.

"He's not the one initiating any of the talks," Zimmerman quotes a source "familiar with [Mike] Rizzo's thinking."

The Nationals' biggest trade piece is slugger Adam Dunn, who is a free agent after this season. There have been on-again, off-again reports about a contract extension for Dunn, who is tied for second in the National League in homers (22) and third in OPS (.950). According to Zuckerman, Dunn is searching for a contract longer than three years at more than $15 million a year. The Nationals don't want to give Dunn a contract that long and risk him having 10-5 rights and the ability to kill any trade at the end of his contract.

If the Nationals don't offer Dunn such a contract, he'll test his worth on the free agent market. Dunn has drawn interest from the White Sox and Angels, among other teams.

With a very thin reliever market, the Nationals also have a relatively attractive trade piece in closer Matt Capps. Capps is arbitration-eligible after the season and the team has Drew Storen, their closer of the future, already in the big leagues and pitching well as a setup man.

The team's other trade candidate is outfielder Josh Willingham, who is hitting .277/.404/.490. He's on a one-year contract worth $4.6 million, but like Capps is arbitration eligible and under team control through next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am
 

Relievers on the block 'terrible'


Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:


Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:34 am
 

Zimmerman doesn't want Nats broken up


Ryan Zimmerman The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman knows the team isn't headed to the postseason in 2010, but he's hopeful the team doesn't look too far into the future and keep some of the pieces the team does have right now -- especially Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Zimmerman is under contract through 2013, so it's understandable he'd like the others to stay. However, Dunn and Willingham are free agents after the season, so even not trading them will guarantee they stay in DC.

"We're so close," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "I mean, they know. Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Katsen] are smart. They're one of the biggest reasons we're so much better this year. They drafted well. They traded well. They know what we need to do to win. I don't think either of them want to get rid of either of those guys. They understand what we have, and they're proud of the team we have."

The Nationals are 39-50 and hoping to avoid 100 losses for the third season in a row.

Both Willingham and Dunn have expressed a desire to stay with the Nationals, but Dunn may be wavering because of the Nationals' lack of communication on an extension.

Dunn is also the team's best trading piece, but there's no immediate replacement for Dunn's power production in the system.

The team's other trading piece is closer Matt Capps, signed to a one-year deal. Capps has 23 saves and in a market short on relievers, he could bring in more than his future worth, especially with Drew Storen ready to take over the closer's role and Tyler Clippard with cloer's stuff, as well.

Zimmerman, though, said he'd like to keep the team together and pal the rest of the season at full strength in order to stay below 100 losses and maybe entice free agents to come to Washington.

"I think this year is the first year where we can kind of see over the hump," Zimmerman said. "Next year -- I hate talking about next year already -- but next year we have a possibility to do a lot of damage."

The Nationals are clearly a team on the rise, but Dunn is 30 and may be looking to play for a winning team for once, in his 10 seasons, the only winning team he's played for is the 2008 Diamondbacks, a team that finished 82-80. Dunn joined the team in a trade after the deadline and failed to make the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:55 am
 

Slim pickings for bullpen arms


Matt Capps How bad is the reliever market?

The Tigers -- who are without Joel Zumaya -- are in Seattle scouting the bullpens of the Royals and Tigers, AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price writes .

The bullpen arms on display were hardly top shelf -- Kyle Farnsworth, David Aardsma, Brandon League and Chad Cordero.

Price says the Indians are trying to find a taker for Kerry Wood and Pittsburgh is open to getting anything in return for Octavio Dotel.

The best arm on the market may be the Nationals' Matt Capps, but Washington has made no move to indicate they're ready to start dealing, although it's likely only a matter of time.

Capps, the Nationals' All-Star representative, is on a one-year deal he signed on Christmas Eve with Washington. The Nationals have two young bullpen arms under team control that look to be ready to take over the closer's role in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.

Because of the lack of relievers on the market, Capps' trade value may be as high as it ever will be and the Nationals should strike while they can.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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