The 2013 season was not a good one for relief pitcher Matt Capps and that is an understatement. After being signed to a minor league deal and starting for the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, he only pitched a handful of games before a shoulder injury took him down. Having season ending surgery at the first of June put a stop to the already non-existent season. This off-season the Indians are doing something that is just as cool as it is smart by re-signing Capps to another minor league deal.
Capps will get a non-roster invite to spring training this coming season and really has a chance to earn his way back to the major league level. Considering the issues that the Indians went through in the bullpen this year, he very likely would have reached the MLB level in 2013 if it weren’t for the injury. Capps had only given up a run in seven innings when we got hurt which pretty well guarantees the fact.
Going into the 2014 season, Capps is still only 30 years old and likely has plenty of life left in his arm. He is a former all-star and usually is worth a decent ERA and strikeout to walk ratio. This is the type of guy that could come along and be a surprise contributor to a bullpen either all season long or at least in a role that would keep set-up men and front line relievers from gathering too many innings. This is a good signing by the Indians. As long as Capps is healthy, he’ll get a shot at the majors again this year.