New Nats’ closer Matt Capps, in an interview with the Washington Post, talking about offseason conditioning:
try not to put too much emphasis on weight. A lot of it goes on how I
feel. I’ve had two pretty rough years in my career, one in 2004 and one
last year. And the one common denominator in those two years is that I
came into camp in unbelievable shape . . . Look at Babe Ruth, David Wells; some guys perform better when they are heavier.
I feel the same way about writing and sobriety. Thank God I can now write off bourbon as a business expense.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.