Ex-Twins News: Matt Capps Resurfaces With Braves


Back in 2010, the Minnesota Twins made what turned out to be one of the worst trades in recent memory. Sending promising young catcher Wilson Ramos to the Washington Nationals, Minnesota received All Star closer, Matt Capps, in return. After pitching last in the majors during the 2012 season, Capps has now inked a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.

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It has been known that Capps has been working to get back to the big leagues for the past couple of seasons. Just 31 years of age, Matt Capps should have plenty of tread left on the tires if he can make the ability stick.

Having dealt with shoulder issues the past few seasons, Capps has only appeared in 10 games in the minors over the course of the last two years. Although his shoulder issues could continue to hold him back, the Braves stand little to lose if things work in Capps favor.

Atlanta has made a point of adding bullpen depth this offseason in signing Jason Grilli, Jim Johnson, Matt Capps, and Jose Veras. Both Veras and Capps are on minor league deals, while the former two both have major league contracts. Atlanta is hoping that the quantity produces at least some quality at the back-end of their bullpen.

While Matt Capps never lived up to what the Twins expected from him in giving away such a promising prospect, he was always a respectable team guy, and great person in the clubhouse. Here’s to hoping the shoulder issues are a thing of the past, and that he finds his way into the Braves plans in 2015.

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