Thursday, December 1, 2011

Minny trying to keep Capps

Twins are looking to re-sign Matt Capps, I'm getting a bit nervous that the numbers are just falling out of our favor in regards to getting a legitimate closer.  There are still 6-7 teams looking and only 5-6 closers remaining.  After that your going into the Branden Looper/Luis Ayala type situation, where your trying to make someone into a closer or give someone who failed at it another shot.

I have debated about whether it's worth it to even sign a closer, I mean how many games will he get to save and how many would actually be blown by  Acosta/Parnell.  But if some of these positional youngsters are part of the future you don't want them losing games on a regular basis in the 9th inning and getting that "snakebitten" mentality. 

Matt Capps struggled in 2011 and could bring the Twins a compensatory draft pick in 2012, but the team is working to re-sign him. Gardenhire would like to bring the right-hander back because he’s a “great teammate and a good pitcher” who pitched through pain in 2011, even though the results weren’t there and “people got frustrated with him.” The 28-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA with 4.7 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in 65 2/3 innings in 2011 and his peripheral stats were significantly worse than they were in 2010. source MLBTR

So the Red Sox, Angels, Twins, Reds, Marlins, Blue Jays, and Mets (7) are looking for closer.  The Rox may join the group if they trade Street, of course; the Mets could be the landing place for Street.

Heath Bell, Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Frank Francisco, Ryan Madson, Jon Rauch and Francisco Rodriguez (7).

Reports are Bell is close to a deal and I don't it's with the Mets, I also don't K-Rod will return, based on the Philly offer Madson is out of the Mets range and if Capps stays in Minny that leaves Cordero, Francisco and Rauch with three teams left looking.

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