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Still waiting on Capps

So as midnight comes and passes, here's where things stand: The Washington Nationals are still waiting to learn if Matt Capps, their latest free agent target, will agree to a contract offer and become their next closer.

Capps, a right-hander who saved 66 games over the last three years, is weighing offers from the Nationals and Chicago Cubs. His agent, Paul Kinzer, said he'd make his choice some time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

One report out of Chicago indicates the Cubs currently seem pessimistic about their chances.

And an report, from 6:09 p.m. Wednesday, suggests that Capps is closing in on a one-year deal with the Nats.

Kinzer, since then, has said that no decision yet has been reached.

By Chico Harlan  |  December 23, 2009; 11:54 PM ET
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Who knew that the choice between wrigleyville and natstown would be so difficult? Flip a coin?

Posted by: cokedispatch | December 24, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Why do I get the feeling that Kinzer is trying to play them against each other, and neither one is biting?

Golly, that must be awkward.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 24, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

This is so much better than waiting for a Mike Stanton signing.

Let's Go Capps!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | December 24, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

This is a one year offer for the guy, right? If so, then make a fair offer and if he walks, then grab Dotel or Gregg for less money. It is not like Capss lit the world on fire last year anyway. And where else is the guy going to close next year? He'll sign.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 24, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Something about this in Hax today (yes, I read all the Agonies) seemed familiar:

"The moment you start viewing a situation as someone else's fault, and (this is key) take that to mean that the other person has to change to make it right--and then you stick around demanding and demanding and demanding change, without changing your own behavior--then you've taken the first step toward being an abusive person. You're standing fixed while expecting others to bend to you. It just doesn't work that way."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 24, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

We now return you to your regularly scheduled NJ.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 24, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think being fought over by a chronically mismanaged team, and chronically terrible team has gone to Capps head. Go get someone else.

Either way, the fact that we went from being close to a deal to not being close to a deal means he is heading to Chicago.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 24, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

WEDNESDAY, 11:02pm: Capps is not close to a deal with the Nationals, reports Ladson (via Twitter). Ladson also tweets that Capps thought he was close to a deal early this evening, but may not agree to anything until Christmas Eve or right after Christmas.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 24, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Bill Ladson of reports that right-handed reliever Matt Capps has signed a one-year contract with the Nationals.

Capps should get a shot at closing duties in Washington, which is presumably why he took the Nationals' offer over the Cubs'. He had a disappointing 5.80 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 54-plus innings for the Pirates this past season and will try to rebuild his reputation with a solid 2010 campaign in D.C.. Brian Bruney may be relegated to a setup gig for the Nats.
Source: Bill Ladson on Twitter
Related: Brian Bruney, Nationals

Dec 24th 1:21 am

Posted by: t1205 | December 24, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

By Bill Ladson /

12/24/09 1:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Matt Capps has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Nationals, pending a physical, according to Capps and his agent, Paul Kinzer. Monetary figures were not disclosed.

The physical will take place during the first week of January.

The Nationals were unavailable for comment.

Washington is in need of bullpen help. This past season, Washington relievers posted a 5.09 ERA, which ranked 30th in the Majors.

Capps has spent his five-year career with the Pirates, collecting 67 saves while posting a 3.61 ERA. He was non-tendered by Pittsburgh on Dec. 12. Capps will battle Brian Bruney for the closer role.

Capps, 26, picked the Nationals over the Cubs because general manager Mike Rizzo showed serious interest the moment Capps became a free agent.

"[I liked the Nationals because of] the way Mr. Rizzo has treated me throughout this whole process," Capps said. "The Nationals organization has been first class. They expressed their interest from Day One -- the moment I was non-tendered. They wanted me to become a Washington National. That means a lot."

Posted by: t1205 | December 24, 2009 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Rizzo is doing a great job.Keep going....

Posted by: djorl | December 24, 2009 2:04 AM | Report abuse

good job chico, you make bill ladson look like shirley povich

Posted by: formerlylove1 | December 24, 2009 2:20 AM | Report abuse

So, Capps agreed to a one-year deal that won't become official until after the New Year. That's a good thing - it gives Rizzo & Co. a little more time to work on the next target & decide who's going off the roster.

And, from last night - Yes, Mattheus is the kid we got from COL for Beimel. My thought was that someone who wasn't likely to pitch in 2010 would slip through waivers without a claim.

Posted by: BinM | December 24, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Good job getting Capps. He's a great guy and should be having a bounce back year. My understanding is the GM played a huge part in getting him not just the money. All offers were similar nats offered opportunity to close. He will be a fan favorite.

Posted by: FredMertz1 | December 24, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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