Twins decline Matt Capps’ $6 million option for 2013

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Minnesota has finally decided to say goodbye to Matt Capps, declining his $6 million option for 2013 and paying the 29-year-old right-hander a $250,000 buyout.

That ends one of the more head-scratching love affairs in recent memory, as the Twins gave up Wilson Ramos to get Capps from the Nationals in mid-2010 and then paid him about $13 million for what turned out to be a total of 122 innings with a 3.61 ERA and 5.4 strikeouts per nine frames.

Capps is a perfectly solid setup man when healthy, but he’s an example of the folly behind labeling someone a “proven closer” based on save totals and he’ll likely have to settle for a modest one-year deal while coming back from shoulder problems.