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Minnesota Twins decline option on Matt Capps

The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday that they will decline Matt Capps' $6 million dollar option for the 2013 season.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday that they will decline the 2013 option on relief pitcher Matt Capps, making Capps a free agent this winter. Capps' option for 2013 was worth $6 million.

Capps was acquired by the Twins from the Washington Nationals in July 2010 and has been with the club since. Capps appeared in just 30 games with the Twins in 2012, pitching 29 and 1/3 innings, while recording 14 saves. Capps had a 1-4 record with a 3.68 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in '12.

Capps' best season in the big leagues came in 2007 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Capps went 4-7 for the Pirates in '07, recording 18 saves and 15 holds, with a 2.28 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 79 innings of work.

Though his closing days may be behind him, Capps likely will latch on with a team relatively easily at some point this winter, and will likely serve as a middle reliever going forward.

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