Twins To Bring Back Capps
With Joe Nathan already gone, the Twins did what they had to do, resigning closer Matt Capps. Although Capps was repeatedly booed at Target Field throughout a rocky 2011 season, the Minnesota Twins will bring him back for another shot.
According to multiple reports, the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal plus an option with Capps. The Associated Press reported the deal includes a salary of $4.5 million in 2012 and a $6 million option for 2013 with a $250,000 buyout.
The Twins will bank on several players returning to their 2010 form next season, and Capps is certainly high on that list. The right-hander struggled with forearm and wrist discomfort last season while posting a 4.25 ERA with nine blown saves and only 34 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.
This after posting a 2.47 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 73 innings in 2010 for the Washington Nationals and Twins.
Capps earned over $7 million in 2011 and the Twins declined to offer him salary arbitration, instead electing to negotiate at a lower price point.