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Indians resign Matt Capps to minor league deal

Indians resign Matt Capps to minor league deal
October 17, 2013
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On Thursday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have re-signed right-handed releiver Matt Capps to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.

Capps, 30, was signed by the Indians on January 31st and was in the mix for an opening day bullpen spot before the Indians assigned him to Triple-A Columbus to start the season. He made six relief appearances at Columbus and totaled 7.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts. His last appearance came on April 20th when a right shoulder issue cropped up with sidelined him for several weeks before he opted for season ending shoulder surgery on June 5th.

Capps owns an eight-year career major league record of 29-33 with 138 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 444 relief appearances with Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota since debuting with the Pirates in 2005 (439.2IP, 439H, 172ER, 84BB, 319K).  In 2012, he saved 14 of his 15 chances with the Minnesota Twins before being sidelined in the second half with shoulder inflammation.

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MT88 in WI
October 18, 2013 - 12:16 AM EDT
Ok, Capps being able to assist at the start of the season is very unlikely but I liken the signing to a lottery ticket more than depth.... If the rehab goes well, his return would be around the time of the trade deadlines. It could be like adding the vet guy to solidify and steady the bullpen. Consider what Brian Wilson did for the dodgers down the stretch. That would be a best case scenario it's worth hoping for..
Tony
October 17, 2013 - 10:36 PM EDT
Capps has no bearing on the closer position for 2014 right now. He's simply a depth signing and while I don't know the scope of the shoulder surgery they typically take 9-12 months to recover from. He's probably going to start the season in extended and be activated later.
Walter
October 17, 2013 - 9:49 PM EDT
Wow! Has Capps begun his rehab after surgery? Is this the beginning in which the Indians are considering non tendering Chris Perez? Or could he be an option to replace Smith, Pestano or Albers?

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