Indians release Matt Capps

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Last week the Indians informed Matt Capps that he wouldn’t be making the Opening Day roster and today they released the veteran reliever.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians may still try to re-sign Capps to a new minor-league deal, but in the meantime they released him to avoid paying a potential $100,000 bonus if he accepted an assignment to Triple-A.

Last year at this time Capps was the Twins’ closer and his deal with the Indians would have paid $1 million upfront and another $2 million in incentives if he’d made the team.