The Indians added to their bullpen depth on Thursday, signing veteran right-hander Matt Capps to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Capps is probably the first guy the Indians have brought in on a minor league deal that could compete for a bullpen spot. Capps spent the past few seasons with the Twins, in and out as the team's closer and he has over 130 career saves to his name.
With Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers in the mix, Capps may have a hard time cracking the bullpen with right-handers, but there are spots out there and the fact that he's a veteran, yet still young, could play in his favor of winning a spot. The Indians have seemingly took guys like him the past few seasons when they've awarded spots to Dan Wheeler, among others, right out of spring training.
Capps has been with the Nationals and started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and between the Nats and Twins in 2010, saved 42 games. He saved 15 in 2011 with a 4.25 ERA. He had a career low 2.28 ERA in 2007 for the Pirates in 79 innings. He's usually reliable for some innings and could be a good arm early on to use to get you through the early days of the season.
His middle name is also Dicus, so that's fun.
Dicus Capps. The Matt Capper. Oh yeah, plenty of nicknames here.
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