Twins Acquire Matt Capps For Wilson Ramos

As soon as Joe Nathan announced that he would undergo Tommy John surgery, the back end of the Twins' bullpen became a lot less scary. Four months later, the Twins obtained one of the top relievers available, acquiring Matt Capps and $500K from the Nationals for left-hander Joe Testa and highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos.

Capps, 26, has 25 saves and a 2.80 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. He earns a base salary of $3.5MM this year ($1.3MM remains) and can be retained as an arbitration-eligible player for 2011. Capps will close games for the Twins and Jon Rauch will move to a set-up role.

Ramos, 23 in August, placed 58th among all MLB prospects on Baseball America's preseason list. The catcher has hit .241/.280/.345 at Triple A with five homers this season. His offense has fallen off since last year, but Ramos has thrown out 19 of 38 would-be base stealers. Joe Mauer's presence in Minnesota made Ramos expendable for the Twins.

Testa has a 5.50 ERA between high A and AA with a combined 8.3 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 36 relief appearances. The 24-year-old has yet to pitch above AA.

Yahoo's Tim Brown, Scott Miller of CBS SportsLa Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports all contributed updates to the story as it broke. 


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178 Comments on "Twins Acquire Matt Capps For Wilson Ramos"


Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Well Capps is under control for another couple of years and he’s under a decent salary, so he is obviously hard to get. I suppose if the Twins were willing to move Ben Revere or David Bromberg thats a place to start, but I’m not so sure that fixing the bullpen, much less the late innings relief, is what the Twins need to focus on…They need to acquire Brett Wallace. No that was a joke, but they really need to at least make an attempt to acquire maybe Brett Myers or Edwin Jackson (if he’s worth another shot in the AL Central much less the AL. But we’ll see what happens. Obviously, a Guerrier-Crain-Mijares-Capps-Rauch is better than Guerrier-Crain-Mijares-Rauch. So we’ll see.

Jamespfunk
5 years 1 month ago

He’s under control for 1 more season. I’m a Nats fan and want to trade him since I don’t think his value will get any higher. Do you think the Twins would give up anything good?

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

I agree with you. And that was my bad bro on the years he is under control for. Check out the post I wrote below. I’ll copy and paste.

I imagine they could get a lot for him. Some names to keep an eye on in the Twins organization…

David Bromberg
Max Kepler
Angel Morales
Ben Revere
Anthony Slama
Kyle Waldrop
Liam Hendricks

Maybe a combination of a couple of those or one of Revere or Morales could get it done.

5 years 1 month ago

Bromberg? he isnt worth much

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

I would disagree. As would a lot of people.

Jamespfunk
5 years 1 month ago

I’m a huge Nats fan and I hope they trade him. His value won’t be any higher than it is now. Could they get anything good from the Twins for him? He is under control for the 2011 season.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

I imagine they could get a lot for him. Some names to keep an eye on in the Twins organization…

David Bromberg
Max Kepler
Angel Morales
Ben Revere
Anthony Slama
Kyle Waldrop
Liam Hendricks

Maybe a combination of a couple of those or one of Revere or Morales could get it done.

Jamespfunk
5 years 1 month ago

Cool thanks for the names. If they get a trade done you’ll have to let me know how you think we did.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

You got it man. Will do. By the way, I do trust Rizzo. He hasn’t done anything that makes me think that he won’t bring a high level prospect(s) to the club. These “talks” are between two of the best managements in Baseball.

Jamespfunk
5 years 1 month ago

I will agree with you that the Twins are one of the best if not the best managed club in baseball. After 5 years of being in DC the Nationals front office looks to be finally putting something together. I trust that Rizzo will do the best he can, I don’t trust the owners as much.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

I kind of like Lerner, but Amen. We’ll see what happens.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Yes indeed…Good trade on both sides.

5 years 1 month ago

Bromberg is a C prospect with fringy stuff
Kepler is only 16 and I highly doubt hes going anywhere
Revere is valued pretty high within the org.

The rest I could see being moved although its debatable how much value Slama and Waldrop have being relief prospects, especially Slama as hes a bit old

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Bromberg is a pitcher not a a catcher

5 years 1 month ago

C as in grade not position

VoteForPrado
5 years 1 month ago

He means C-level prospect, not catcher

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

revere for capps. straight up.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

You take Revere, Even though I agree somewhat, just to start a bet, I’ll say Waldrop and Bromberg.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

matt capps is not a guy that has much value…he has a straight fastball that would get lit up in the american league. the guy was DFAd by the Pirates for crying out loud. If he fetched a lower level prospect and a bag of ball I would be surprised.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Matt Capps has been a much different pitcher since his Pirates days. He also wasn’t DFA’s because of his quality. It was because they didn’t want to give him a raise.

epicphalanx
5 years 1 month ago

I’ve heard the “straight fastball” comment a few time in reference to Capps, and, as a Nats fan who’s watched a ton of games this year, I’m not sure where it comes from. His four-seemer often has nice swingback movement that gets a lot of hitters looking, and PitchFx seems to agree, noting above average horizontal break on his fastball. I’d be sad to see him go, but we need prospects, not closers.

squadwagon6
5 years 1 month ago

Capps won the allstar game

Nicolas_C
5 years 1 month ago

Non-tendered, not DFA’d

coolstorybro222
5 years 1 month ago

Who’s going to be the closer after Capps gets traded? Clippard?

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Storen.

Jamespfunk
5 years 1 month ago

Clippard has struggled lately, they have recently started using him in the earlier innings. The team in the has said that rookie Drew Storen is their future Closer. I would guess he would get his shot.

epicphalanx
5 years 1 month ago

Drew Storen.

5 years 1 month ago

storen

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

the mad capper haha

twins33
5 years 1 month ago

Why? Seriously why? Last time I checked Capps wasn’t a SP. That’s the Twins need.

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

Ramos has been removed from the Twin’s Rochester Red Wing’s game tonight for unknown reasons…Could he be on his way to the Nationals? http://tl.gd/2qmdmg

twins33
5 years 1 month ago

Someone on the Twins website did say Ramos + Harris for Capps. I was hoping they were joking. I think we can get more for Ramos than that. Most teams don’t have a young catcher who is great defensively and at least good offensively. A lot of the stud catchers out there aren’t expected to stick at catcher because they can’t play D. Ramos can.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Just to let everyone know, C Wilson Ramos has just been taken out of the game at Triple-A Rochester. That would be a great trade on both sides!

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

i just let everyone know that buddy = )

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Same timing…I didn’t see yours when I wrote mine but you would be a GREAT TWEETER.

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

thanks man

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

#2 prospect in the Minnesota system per BA before the season? I could live with that. He’s having a horrendous year this year but he did hit over .300 last year in the minors. Plus it’ll actually give Capps the chance to get some more saves.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Yep you bet. And anytime you have a catcher who can play average to above average defense and can hit like Ramos can, you are lucky. Plus, Ramos has tons of power and even more extra base power. He only has 5 home runs, but some of his tools as such are quite raw. Although I think he will be something like Miguel Olivo of 2010.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

I’ve heard that Wilson Ramos was taken out of the lineup tonight in Rochester. Capps for Ramos deal potentially?

ditkaforgov
5 years 1 month ago

Watching the White Sox game right now, they just flashed that the twins traded Ramos for Capps, don’t know if its true or not

twins33
5 years 1 month ago

Would be a huge mistake.

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

Source says Capps is “close” to being traded to #Twins.

jeter2blue
5 years 1 month ago

Source is Jon Morosi

5 years 1 month ago

Capps traded to Twins for Ramos so says Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

5 years 1 month ago

good trade for both teams

5 years 1 month ago

Capps for Ramos? I look forward to hearing the retraction on this one.

Bravoboy10
5 years 1 month ago

Signing Matt Capps in the off-season= HUGE win for the Nationals. They got a 1/2 season of a very productive closer who was worth well above his ~2m he made and now they’ve flipped him for a stud prospect.

5 years 1 month ago

Twins got fleeced

philly_red
5 years 1 month ago

Rizzo is a great GM, what a steal. Capps is a nice player, but Ramos could be a great catcher for years to come. This is a more lopsided trade than Delmon Young for Garza/Bartlett.

twins33
5 years 1 month ago

That’s not so lopsided anymore, but this deal will likely always be a ripoff unless Ramos gets a career ending injury or falls off the face of the earth.

tymyshwo1
5 years 1 month ago

What are you talking about? Delmon young is crushing the ball, while jason barlett had two good years and garza pitched a no hitter this year. Great trade for both teams.

philly_red
5 years 1 month ago

1.) Bartlett is a good defensive shortstop with great speed, and is a good contact hitter. He put up great numbers last year, and, while he’s not duplicating those numbers this year, he’s still very good, and will be a solid shortstop for years. He was part of the reason why the Rays made the World Series in ’08.

2.) Garza is a great pitcher who’s performed very well in the toughest division in baseball, and he just added a no-hitter to his resume. One of the main reasons the Rays made the WS in ’08, and one of the major factors why Tampa will likely be a playoff contender this year.

3.) Delmon Young is a young, talented outfielder with lots of personal baggage. Until this year, the trade for Minnesota was a terrible one. Thankfully, the mentoring he’s gotten from Twins veterans has paid off, and he’s finally starting to look like a real ballplayer. Will that continue? In that ballpark, I don’t think we’ll ever see Delmon top 30 home runs, and I personally don’t see him being a high average hitter, or a guy who takes tons of walks, or even a guy who plays great defense. He’ll be merely ‘pretty good’ for a few years before he moves on.

4.) I’d bet my bank account that Minnesota would trade Young back to Tampa for Bartlett and Garza.

cman
5 years 1 month ago

Uh have you been watching baseball AT ALL this year…..yawn. Delmon Young is hitting .334 with 14 HR, 79 RBI, 366 OBP AND…..548 slugging percentage. Sure i’d take Garza back but he’s been much better then average and probably will hit 30 homeruns this year. He also hasn’t shown “lots of baggage,” thus this trade was not terrible for Minnesota.

philly_red
5 years 1 month ago

*You just admitted you’d take Garza back. Thanks for proving my point.

*Yes, I’ve been watching baseball. And reading about it. Apparently, more than you: by his current pace, Delmon is projected to hit 23 home runs. 23, by my math, is less than 30. By 7. Delmon would have to get even hotter to reach 30. It’s not impossible, but it is unlikely.

*No, Delmon hasn’t had outbursts or personal problems – that we’ve seen. Remember that not everything that happens with a ballclub is televised – such as behind the scenes, in the locker room, etc. Additionally, you’ll notice I said “he had baggage”, I never said he acted out. The possibility of Delmon creating issues when he or the team struggles is always a possibility. But we’ll see.

*I never said the trade was terrible for Minnesota – just lopsided. The Twins acquired a decent outfielder with potential – but gave away a very talented pitcher and a solid shortstop. One very good player and one above average player > one player with potential to be ‘pretty good’.

5 years 1 month ago

Garza is an average pitcher (career ERA of 4 and 7 K/9 and don’t bring up the no hitter, Bud Smith threw one and hasn’t been heard from since). Bartlett is a below average hitter (career OPS+ of 95) and his great D you speak of (led the league in errors in ’07 and third in ’09 and doesn’t rank in the top 25 in fielding% for all shortstops).

Mauerneau
5 years 1 month ago

“I personally don’t see him being a high average hitter”…………………………
really? a career .297 hitter….. sorry but you must have him confused with nick punto.

Mauerneau
5 years 1 month ago

Dallas Braden just threw a PERFECT GAME! Dallas Braden sucks. It means jack sh^$