Minnesota Twins Decline Option On Relief Pitcher Matt Capps

By Matthew Speck

The Minnesota Twins set aside some extra cash for free agency this off-season, notifying former relief pitcher Matt Capps, that the team will not be picking up his $6 million option for next season. Instead, the Twins will buy Capps out for the 2013 season, paying out $250,00 to their former late inning relief pitcher. In addition to not bring back Capps, the Twins out-righted right handed pitchers  Jeff Manship, Luis Perdomo, Esmerling Vasquez, Kyle Waldrop, P.J. Walters and outfielder Matt Carson off the Major League roster.

Caps, 29, only appeared in 30 games for Minnesota last season, recorded a 3.68 earned run average and posted 14 saves. He has expressed interest in resigning with the Twins under a new deal, leaving the door open for a possible return to Minnesota next season.

The 29 year old reliever has recorded 138 saves over eight major league seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins.

Last season, Minnesota left handed relief pitcher Glenn Perkins stepped up for the Twins late in ball games when Capps was injured, recording 16 saves last year. Perkins is signed through the 2015 season with a club option for the 2016 season.

The Twins also hold a club option for starting pitcher, Scott Baker, but could decline and try to negotiate a contract for the 2013 season and beyond. Starting pitcher, Carl Pavano will also become a free agent if not resigned by the Twins.

In addition to declining Capps’ option, right handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez was claimed by the Chicago Cubs after being placed on waivers.

Even if Capps doesn’t return to Minnesota, he’ll surely find a late inning role with another MLB team for next season.

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