Minnesota Twins: Has Matt Capps' Injury Destroyed His Trade Value?

Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIIJuly 2, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15:  Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins reacts during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 15, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Brewers defeated the Twins 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Playing the stock market is a gamble since you have to know when to trade. You trade your commodity when it’s at the peak of its value—it's the same theory in baseball. How much does a stint on the DL affect a player’s stock value, though?

The Twins are going to be sellers at the trade deadline, or at least they should be. One obvious candidate to be moved is closer Matt Capps, but he has found himself on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder. Does this DL stint lower his trade value, though?

It’s frowned upon to say both, but that’s really what it is for Capps and the Minnesota Twins.

This trip to the DL does bring down Capps’ value just a little bit. Any injury time for any player brings down their value, and Capps is definitely not an exception to the rule. On the bright side, the injury is just inflammation, which a lot of players go through.

So all in all, this DL visit may tarnish the shine on Capps, but it doesn’t make it impossible to move him. Chances are very good Capps will be dealt by the trade deadline. Contenders are always looking for more bullpen help, and that’s what Capp’s job description states.

Capps may not have been the best Twins relief pitcher of all time. The Twins gave up too much to get him, but there is no denying that he still has value in the league. Not in a Twins uniform, but with a team that is closer to the playoffs than 100 losses.

The Twins might not be selling Capps at his highest value, but they need to move him. There’s no use in watching the Capps Corporation go down in flames, so they should trade him while they can still get something in return. The Twins might not become "millionaires" off of Capps, but that’s what happens when your gamble doesn’t pan out.