Thursday, December 24, 2009

Matt Capps could decide destination tomorrow

***UPDATE*** Capps has agreed to terms with the Nationals, says Bruce Levine.

According to a tweet by Nationals beat writer William Ladson, reliever Matt Capps will decide Wednesday night whether he'll sign with the Nationals or Cubs. Jerry Crasnick of adds that a factor in his decision is the fact that Capps would set up for the Cubs but would close for the Nationals. Capps, a 26-year-old righty, was non-tendered by the Pirates after a rough season.

Capps, though, posted ERAs of 3.79, 2.28, and 3.02, respectively, from 2006 - 2008. In 2008, he walked just five men over 53.2 innings.

The Cubs could use more help in the bullpen, and I think Capps would be a nice addition. The Cubs' Web site reports that former Pirate John Grabow is doing his part to recruit Capps to the North side. Grabow and Capps share the same agent.

As Trevor Sierra pointed out in a text yesterday, Capps should probably consider that the Nationals are guaranteed to make the playoffs in 2010. Having signed Jason Marquis to a two-year deal, Washington is actually guaranteed to make the postseason each of the next two years. After all, Marquis has made the playoffs each of his 10 years in the majors, with four different organizations.

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