Minnesota shored up their bullpen for the stretch run striking a deal with Washington for their All-Star closer Matt Capps. In exchange the Nationals receive Twins prospects Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa. MLBlogger Bill Ladson has the details of the deal. The Twins also received cash from the Nats to cover some of the remaining salary owed to Capps for 2010.
Capps signed with Washington this offseason after he was non-tendered by the Pirates. In 47 appearances with the Nationals this season, Capps was 3-3, 2.74, allowing 51 hits with nine walks and 38 strikeouts. His 26 saves were the fourth most in the National League and seventh most in all of baseball. Capps was also selected to the 2010 National League All-Star team. His walk rate was a nifty 1.8 BB/9 IP, which is significantly better than a regular reliever. Because he doesn't rely on strikeouts, though is K-rate is a very good at 7.8 K/9 IP he is dependent on his defense. He'll fit right in with Minnesota and their pound the zone philosophy of pitching.
Ramos is among the better catching prospects in the game, but was effectively blocked in perpetuity by Joe Mauer. He has spent most of the 2010 season at Triple-A Rochester. In 71 games with the Red Wings, he batted .241 with 14 doubles and five home runs. He also appeared in seven games for the Twins this season, batting .296 with three doubles. His career minor league line is a solid .284/.331/.427 as he's advanced through the Twins system.
Testa, signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2008, began this season at Double-A New Britain. In 21 games with the Rock Cats, he had a 1-4 record, 8.25 ERA, allowing 28 hits with 16 walks and 21 strikeouts. Since being demoted to Single-A Ft. Myers, Testa appeared in 15 games for the Miracle, splitting two decisions with an ERA of 3.30 allowing 39 hits with 12 walks and 29 strikeouts. At 24, his momentum blunted in his first try to breach the AA level, Testa's prospect status is seriously in doubt.
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