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Matt Capps should be motivated to re-capture his 2010 dominance
Following a disappointing 2011 season, The Minnesota Twins in need of a closer, decided to re-sign reliever Matt Capps to a 1-year $4.5 million deal, with an option for a second year at $6 million. This decision was much to the dismay of many Twins fans who thought that money, plus the $3 million spent to bring in SP Jason Marquis, would be better spent on another pitcher such as former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda instead signed with the New York Yankees for $10 million.
If Joe Mauer took the brunt of the criticism from the media for his offensive performance in 2011, Matt Capps was surely the guy the media dished much of the blame for the bullpen. After signing an arbitration agreement for $7 million going into 2011, Capps' performance took a significant turn for the worse. He blew nine save opportunities in 24 chances, leading to his demotion from the role in mid-July.
Capps, who is still just 28 years old, will be looking for redemption in 2012 after posting an ERA of 4.25. In 2009 with the Pirates, Capps posted an ERA of 5.80. However, the next season Capps was brilliant with the Washington Nationals posting an ERA of 2.74 with 26 saves before being traded to the Twins for C prospect Wilson Ramos. After joining the Twins, Capps actually got better, recording 16 saves in 18 chances, and posting an ERA of 2.00. Capps has proven he can bounce back from a poor season and I expect him to post numbers better than his career average 3.51 ERA. If he regains his 2010 form, the Twins will have one of the better bargains in pitching.