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Nationals trade Matt Capps to Twins

UPDATED 12:15 a.m.

The Nationals traded all-star closer Matt Capps and cash to the Minnesota Twins for heralded catching prospect Wilson Ramos and minor league left-hander Joe Testa.

The trade of Capps brings the Nationals a catching prospect their scouts valued highly, and likely will hasten the ascension of rookie Drew Storen, the 10th pick of last year's draft, to the closer's role.

Capps, the Nationals' only all-star, was acquired this winter after the Pittsburgh Pirates did not tender him a contract. The Nationals signed Capps for $3.5 million for one year, but Capps will be due a large raise in arbitration this offseason.

Storen's presence, along with minor league relievers Atahualpa Severino and Rafael Martin, allowed the Nationals to part with Capps, 26, with the insurance that they have relievers for the future.

You can read the full story from The Post right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 29, 2010; 10:37 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Capps , bullpen , minors & farm system , trade deadline  
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Comments

Who are Atahualpa Severino and Rafael Martin?

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | July 29, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

GREAT trade for the Nats! Capps was expendable this year and if we dont go with Storen as the closer next year he can always be replaced.

Ramos is one of the top 3, if not the top catching prospect in the minors right now and they only reason the Twins would part with him is because they have Mauer.

In Rizzo we trust! If he trades Dunn I have all the confidence that he will come out on top of that trade too.

Posted by: LoJankFilDee19338333 | July 29, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Good Trade. Ramos is a 4 star prospect rated by Baseball Prospectus who praise his defensive capabilities and also project him as an above average MLB catcher. A little over aggressive - leading to few walks - he has offensive skills as well. He should be up this year.

Posted by: natbiscuits | July 29, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Getting a good young catcher takes the pressure out of the decision whether to ever put Bryce Harper back behind the plate. There are far more closers out there than good young catchers.

Posted by: KidTJ | July 29, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Getting a good young catcher takes the pressure out of the decision whether to ever put Bryce Harper back behind the plate. There are far more closers out there than good young catchers.

Posted by: KidTJ | July 29, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

It is about time,finally Rizzo pull's the trigger and start's doing what a GM is supposed to do get real prospects and build a "contenda" now if he can pull off that trade with the Chisox for Dunn then i'm back on the Rizzo bandwagon.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It is about time,finally Rizzo pull's the trigger and start's doing what a GM is supposed to do get real prospects and build a "contenda" now if he can pull off that trade with the Chisox for Dunn then i'm back on the Rizzo bandwagon.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

So....Flores not doing well?

Posted by: Colm1 | July 29, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good trade. A promising young catcher is a cornerstone to build on. Keep going, Mike. The status quo isn't working. Time to shake things up.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | July 29, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Capps worked out better than anyone had a right to expect this year, and ended his tenure with as efficient a one-inning save as he had all season. But I agree with the deal and like the idea of a top catching prospect. I only hope they plan to bring him up right away to back up Pudge. No sense in inflicting Nieves on us anymore.

Posted by: NATurallyYours | July 29, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything, Jesus Flores. Here's hoping you're able to find success in some other endeavor (seeing as your employers don't appear to have much faith in your future with the team).

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 29, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

.... And BTW, what happened to the Wookie??

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 29, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Its about time? Rizzo has been the GM for a year. Who could he have traded in the past 365 days for value? This town is so incredibly jaded.

The team truly gets real prospects by drafting and signing them. Guys like Strasburg and Storen. Two guys playing in the majors less than a year after signing.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | July 29, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give it up to AK for pegging this one completely. Good trade for both clubs, really exciting to have a catcher in the pipeline. I guess Bryce can put away the catcher's mitt for good! (Except for after the fifth double switch in the 13th inning.)

I wonder if Rizzo sleeps at night, or does he just twist and turn muttering random hardball phrases his Dad taught him.

Good luck to Capps. Seems like a great guy, and he could really help give the Twins a push this year.

Posted by: paulkp | July 29, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Flores's future is probably not all that uncertain. He could find himself playing first base next year in AAA or behind Dunn.

Posted by: nunof1 | July 29, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Can Ramos, Norris or Flores play any other positions? Does this mean that Norris or Flores may get dealt with others for Edwin Jackson?

Posted by: ssktigers | July 29, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

J-J1 - it's got nothing to do with 'faith.' More like realistic assessment of a guy whose injury is serious enough that he is nowhere near coming back after more than a year. I'm a big Flores fan, so I hope it's not the end, but a GM can't win with hope.

And Rauch is doing OK in MN - 21 saves - but he's no long-term answer at closer. He's a perfect set-up guy, and there;s nothing wrong with that.

Posted by: NATurallyYours | July 29, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Great move. I have loved what Capps has done this year, but now it's time to jettison all of the guys who most likely won't be here next year and get some young talent. Ramos is listed as #42 in last year's ranking of best prospects (and #2 on the Twins list), definitely worth trading a guy who definitely won't be on your roster next year.

Posted by: d-35 | July 29, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

So the Minnesota Twins head into the 2010 playoffs with Jon Rauch as their setup guy and Matt Capps as their closer?

It's still a great move by Rizzo. We get a solid defensive catcher. he's thrown out 45 percent of base stealers throughout his minor league career. A little mentoring here and there by Pudge and we've got ourselves our starting 2011 catcher.

I love Kid Flores, but you have to wonder at this point.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | July 29, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

@ssktigers,

Norris is still in Potomac, A+. His defensive skills lag behind his offensive skills. He is still an offensive catcher. They also have David Freitas in A- short season Vermont batting .390-.400. Let that sink in. Another offensive catcher.

Jesus Flores has yet to prove he can throw without pain. Pudge Rodriguez is 39 years old. One of Rizzo's mantras is competition produces performance. That means no one is getting a position without competing for it ... except perhaps for Strasburg.

Severino is a left handed reliever in Syracuse who is on the 40-man roster and could be brought up. Rafael Martin was one of Mike Rizzo's "International signings" although he was just an American pitcher pitching in the Mexican league. He has proven his worth in AA Harrisburg this year.

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Matt, we hardly knew ya. Thanks for the overall outstanding play on the field. I guess this is just the way it is for a building franchise. Just like Chad Cordero, we will remember your shut down performances...because despite young guys coming up and hope for a true closer in the future, that is not a given in baseball...it is a rare thing.

Hey, Twins, the oldest Senators.

Posted by: jbfromfc | July 29, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link for Wilson Ramos stats:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ramos-001wil

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | July 29, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Josh Wilkie is also doing a decent job at Syracuse. He's part of the bullpen depth chart.

Posted by: bertbkatz | July 29, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Excellent trade! This is the guy Seattle wanted for Lee. I say bring him up immediately and let Pudge start to work with him. There was no way Rizzo could keep waiting for Flores to heal. Now maybe he can switch positions and maybe learn to play first, where throwing is not as big an issue.
I would move Peralta in as closer and leave Clippard and Storen right where they are. Will be interesting to see who else is brought up tomorrow.
Now all Rizzo needs to do is trade Willingham for a couple of similar prospects, move Morse to left, sign Dunn and we might just make some noise next year.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 30, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

How is pudge gonna get to 3000 hits? He has over 200 to go. I hope he gets it.

Posted by: chillsonic | July 30, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Pudge is a first ballot HOF if he stops right now.

Posted by: paulkp | July 30, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

First, thanks to Matt Capps for his solid work this year. On a pitching staff with a revolving door in the rotation and some young guys in the bullpen, Capps was an important steadying influence. Hopefully, he gets to enjoy a pennant race this year.

But this is a very good trade. A 22-year old catcher, with some hitting ability and defensive skills, who appears to be ready for the big leagues now? That's an excellent pickup, in my opinion.

As for Flores and Norris, let them get healthy and productive enough to play in the bigs and then worry about them.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 30, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

We needed a catcher, Flores shoulder is not progressing well, and there is a considerable drop off when Will Nevis is behind the plate

Posted by: bromisky | July 30, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

i think the nats future cathers are

Strater Ramos
Backup Flores

Norris will be moved, as there has been talk of that already. only problem is we would have to put him in the outfield, as there is already a log jam at 1B

Posted by: arizonacardinalsfan1 | July 30, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

also now we have 2 of the top cathers in the MILB. but like I said, Norris probobly wont stay at catcher

Posted by: arizonacardinalsfan1 | July 30, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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