Capps, 27, was arbitration eligible for the second of three years. He pitched only 12 1/3 innings this past season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery and then had to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in September.
Keeping Capps around is a relatively cheap gamble for the Padres. If he’s able to rebound, he will be a devastating option out of the bullpen. If he continues to battle injuries, the Padres will have invested very little.