Today we will continue with our special look at top 9 free agent closers that the Reds might be interested in.
Matthew Dicus Capps
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 245 lb.
Born: September 3, 1983 in Douglasville, GA (Age 28)
High School: Alexander (Douglasville, GA)
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed: July 8, 2002.
Debut: September 16, 2005
Teams: Pirates/Twins/Nationals 2005-2011
2012 Contract Status: Free Agent, 1 yr/$7.15M
Service Time: (01/2012): 6.017, Free Agent: 2012 Agents: Paul Kinzer, previously: Arn Tellem
Pros: age 28, Career year 2011 42 saves, 2.74 ERA, 2010 ALLSTAR
Cons: 2009 stats 27 saves with a 5.08 ERA
Analysis: At the first sight of Matt Capps one might think he came straight in from the recliner watching the game rather from the bullpen especially as a closer. However he has the stuff to shut the door it just depends on which Matt shows up to play. In 2011 he had a career all star year with 42 saves and a 2.74 ERA. However in 2009 he had his worst year with a 5.08 ERA. So the questions are: “Is Matt Capps finally coming into his own at age 28? Was it a fluke year he will most likely never repeat? Did he just play well this one year to get the big pay off? Its hard to look at Capps and think he is not a slacker but if other larger players like CC Sabathia have taught me anything it is you can be a PHAT ass and still be one hell of a player. Last Year he made 7.5 million. I think he will asking for at least double that or most likely more. So does Walt Jocketty want to pay Capps more than he did Cordero? 42 saves is a hard stat not to stop and look at so I think if the Reds want to expand the payroll a little bit Capps is worth the money over a multi year deal.
Up next in series: Brad Lidge.