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Daisuke Matsuzaka accepts Indians’ assignment to Triple-A

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This morning the Indians informed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they won’t be making the Opening Day roster, with the hopes that both pitchers would accept an assignment to Triple-A.

No word yet from Capps, but Matsuzaka has told the team he’ll head to the minors, no doubt realizing that the Indians aren’t exactly overflowing with great rotation options and it won’t take much to get a call-up at some point.

And according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com Matsuzaka will also get a $100,000 bonus for accepting the assignment, with the ability to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1.

Indians tell Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps they won’t make Opening Day roster

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Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are among the players in Indians camp on minor-league deals, but this morning the team told both pitchers they won’t be making the Opening Day roster.

According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com the Indians are hoping both veterans accept assignments to the minors, which would come with $100,000 bonuses and opt-out clauses if they aren’t called up to the majors by June 1.

Matsuzaka was in the running for a rotation spot that may now go to fellow reclamation project Scott Kazmir, while Capps was competing for a middle relief gig after years as a closer.

Indians add Matt Capps to bullpen mix on minor league deal

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Cleveland has signed right-hander Matt Capps to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Due to a mix of injuries and blown saves Capps lost his closer job in Minnesota after the Twins overpaid to acquire and then keep him, but if healthy he’s a perfectly decent setup man with a 3.52 career ERA through age 28.

Capps was always miscast as a closer because he’s basically a one-pitch pitcher and doesn’t miss many bats, but he throws strikes and has plenty of late-inning experience. As a highly paid closer he was all sorts of overrated, but as a middle reliever on a minor-league deal he’s a nice pickup.