The Miami Marlins are looking to boost their bullpen with a veteran presence. One pitcher they are looking into signing is former Minnesota Twins reliever Matt Capps, according to Barry Jackson of MiamiHerald.com.
The 29-year-old reliever is currently a free agent after the Twins bought out his $6 million option for 2013, as reported by Joe Christensen of StarTribune.com.
Capps pitched well when healthy in 2012 but missed several months due to shoulder inflammation.
The onetime Pittsburgh Pirates closer was the winning pitcher of the 2010 All-Star Game as a representative of the Washington Nationals. In that same season, he was dealt to the Minnesota Twins in a trade involving catcher Wilson Ramos. He pitched for the Twins in the 2010 Division Series against the New York Yankees.
The Marlins will go into the 2013 season with a revamped bullpen following the disastrous season with Heath Bell as closer.
Steve Cishek, Dan Jennings and Ryan Webb all showed promise and are 27 years old or younger. The addition of a veteran like Capps could be a steadying presence in their young bullpen.
And Capps would be a much more reasonable signing without a lost draft pick as they had with Bell a year ago.
Sometimes a more frugal move can be a smarter move both for the payroll and on the field. Capps could be the right fit in Miami.