Trade Deadline Fallout: The Twins Acquire Matt Capps

Scott Miller of CBS Sports (click here for the article) is reporting that the Twins have acquired Nationals closer Matt Capps in exchange for minor league catcher Wilson Ramos.  According to the Nationals Twitter feed, they will also receive LHP Joe Testa.

The Twins Get
Capps has had a renaissance season, posting a 2.80 ERA and 1.33 WHIP while saving 25 games for the Nationals.  Will he immediately assume the closing duties in Minnesota?  It’s too early to tell, but it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Jon Rauch has been solid, posting a very similar line of 3.05 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 21 saves, though he has been shaky as of late.  Things can really go either way, so we’ll just have to sit tight and see what happens.  Don’t drop either player, because if one should falter the other would certainly step in immediately.

The Nationals Get
Ramos gets to step out of Joe Mauer’s shadow and now is behind Ivan Rodriguez on the depth chart, certainly a much more promising place to be.  At Triple-A he’s hit .241 with 5 HR and 30 RBI in 278 AB.

Prior to the year Baseball America ranked him as the Twins 2nd best prospect.  At the time they said, “He is physical and strong, with plus raw power and the ability to get the barrel to the ball. He’s aggressive but covers the plate well, has natural hitting actions and shows power to all fields. He’s agile for his size, receives well and has a cannon for an arm, throwing out 42 percent of basestealers last year.”

He has never shown much power (career high is 13 HR), but he has always hit near .300 prior to this year.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the majors this season, learning from Rodriguez and sharing time.  If that does happen, he will only have value in deep, two-catcher formats.

As for their closing duties, Tyler Clippard could see time, but chances are Drew Storen, dubbed the closer of the future, will get broken into the role.  If Storen is available in your league, he’s certainly worth snatching up immediately if you are in need of saves.

Testa has posted a 5.50 ERA in relief across two levels at Single-A this season.  Needless to say, he’s a non-factor right now

What are your thoughts on the deal?  Who will close in Minnesota?  How about Washington?

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  1. MJ says:

    I don’t know enough about Ramos but I’d think moving from Colorado to Washington will hurt some of his fantasy value. But he also has a clear shot at a starting job now with the oft-injured Flores as his only competition.

  2. Papi says:

    Rotoworld says Capps will close for the Twins. Rauch to set-up

  3. Bobby A says:

    The Twins should’ve gotten more for Ramos. I wonder if they offered him for Lilly or Myers.


    Storen is the best long term of this group.

  4. fiji.siv says:

    I know Storen has been anointed as closer of the future but I think the Nationals should really go with Clippard for the time being. Clippard has a better WHIP, BAA, K/9 (by 2.35!) and K/BB (by 0.61!). Storen is in his first professional year and Clippard is working on his fourth. Plus with Strasburg on the DL with what he calls “hitting the rookie wall”, I don’t think WAS will want to throw Storen to the wolves in his first year.

  5. Nick Tenaglia says:

    With the acquisition of Ramos, I wonder what happens now to Derek Norris – the supposed “Catcher-of-the-Future” in Washington. Granted, he is having massive strugle in High-A, but his prospect status is still high.

    If what I hear about Norris is true, and his power can translate to the bigs, then Ramos may just be a stop-gap until Norris takes over.

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