Right Move…But Right Guy?
Just heard today that the Twins got closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals…
From a purely personnel standpoint, GM Bill Smith got it right. I’m glad he realized that Jon Rauch is not a playoff-caliber closer, and that adding a reliever to allow Duensing a spot in the starting rotation might be just as good as a high-caliber, high-risk, rental-player trade.
The only thing I’m concerned about is that, from what I’ve heard, Capps isn’t all that steadier than Mr. Rauch. I don’t know too much about him, though, so I would appreciate some comments from more informed minds on the matter.
For now, though, I’ll say I like this trade going forward. Pavano, Liriano, Duensing isn’t too shabby at the front end of the rotation, Blackburn will likely be pitching in big games (and probably suceeding, knowing him) in September again, and anything from Baker/Slowey is a plus at this point.