Indians sign right-hander Matt Capps to minor league deal
January 31, 2013
On Thursday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent right-handed reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Capps, 29, opened the 2012 season as the closer for the Twins, saving 14 of his 15 chances before coming down with shoulder inflammation that resulted in two trips to the disabled list over the final three months of the season. On the year he went 1-4 with a 3.68 ERA (29.1 IP, 28 H, 4 BB, 18 K) in 30 appearances. He will get an opportunity this spring to prove he is healthy not just for the Indians, but for other clubs looking for bullpen depth.
Capps, 29, 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 (439.2 IP, 439 H, 172 ER, 84 BB, 319 K). He was the winning pitcher in the 2010 All-Star Game for the National League and for the 2010 campaign he posted a career-best 42 saves and a 2.47 ERA in 74 relief appearances for the Nationals and Twins (73.0 IP, 75 H, 17 BB, 59 K). He has posted 14-or-more saves in each of the last six seasons and owns a career 1.7 BB/9.
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If Myers can keep his ERA below 4.5 this season and make 30 starts, then he'll easily be worth $7MM and his $8MM team option for 2014 becomes a bargain. I think McAllister and eventually Bauer and Carrasco will surprise this season, but that may not be enough with the enigmas that are Masterson and Ubaldo.
If Bill wants out now, that says it all, doesn't it?
Bye-Bye Bill, Bye Bye. You must be looking forward to the next Aaron Cunningham signing. LET'S GO, PICK UP JOHNNY DAMON!!!
I do believe Swisher is an upgrade over Choo, by a pretty big margin. He's the better defender and he won't be useless against LHP like Choo has been at times in his career. Swisher should be a much more consistent contributor.
Stubbs has the ability to be just as valuable as Choo was in 2012. If he puts up the numbers he put up in 2011 (not his career best), he's probably going to be good for a 2.5-3.0 WAR, which would eclipse what Choo gave us. So essentially Stubbs could replace Choo's value while Swisher could be an additional 4-5 win upgrade.
Aviles, Gomes, etc. are simply better baseball players than the likes of Cunningham, Lopez, Lillbridge. Aviles was the Sox starting SS last year and was productive. We got NOTHING out of our bench last year so the fact that we have guys who are actually capable of putting up quality at bats...that in it's own right is a huge upgrade.
The biggest upgrade of all might be the manager. Francona has already impressed me more than Acta ever did in his time here, and we haven't seen a game yet.
I'm not saying we're as good as the Tigers, or even the White Sox. All I'm saying is that if you don't think this team has improved since the end of last year, you haven't been paying attention. And I do think we're easily better than the Royals and Twins.
Bill, no HR hitters? What do you call Swisher and Reynolds? If you're looking for hitters that can consistently hit 40 - 50hrs per, you're in the wrong era.
Swisher isn't an improvement over Choo?
Reynolds isn't an improvement over Kotchman?
Stubbs isn't an improvement over Duncan/Damon/etc.?
Aviles, Gomes and McGuiness aren't an improvement over Cunningham, Lopez, Lillibridge/ other bench players from last year?
Bauer and Myers aren't an improvement over Tomlin, Gomez, etc.?
You must have been watching a different team.
Not kidding and not purchasing season tickets for the first time in 4 years.
Swisher, Reynolds, Stubbs, Aviles, Gomes, McGuiness, Myers, Bauer are ALL major upgrades over the people who held their spots last season.
Capps was signed to a MINOR LEAGUE DEAL with NO guarantee of making the club. There is no such thing as having enough pitching, whether it's relief or starting...and Capps brings back end experience and strong stuff is he's healthy.