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Updated: October 24th, 2012 2:48pm
Twins decline Matt Capps' option, lose pitching prospect on waivers

Twins decline Matt Capps' option, lose pitching prospect on waivers

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Twins notified relief pitcher Matt Capps on Wednesday that they will decline the club option they had on his contract for 2013.

The move comes as no surprise, given that the closer battled arm troubles for much of the 2012 season. Picking up Capps' option would have cost the Twins $6 million but the buyout will be only $250,000.

Capps had 14 saves in 15 opportunities before irritation in his rotator cuff and inflammation in his pitching shoulder landed him on the disabled list on June 25. He came off the DL two weeks later, pitched twice but had to be put back on with more discomfort on July 17.

He was activated in late September and finished the season 1-4 with 14 saves and a 3.68 ERA.

Lefthander Glen Perkins took over as the Twins closer while Capps was out and converted 16 of 20 save opportunities.

The Twins also announced Wednesday that they have assigned six players outright off the major league roster. That list includes righthanded pitchers Jeff Manship, Luis Perdomo, Esmerling Vasquez, Kyle Waldrop, P.J. Walters and outfielder Matt Carson.

In addition, righthandeder Carlos Gutierrez was claimed on outright waivers by the Chicago Cubs and added to their 40-man roster.

Righthanders Scott Baker, Cole De Vries and Carl Pavano were reinstated from the disabled list. The Twins now have 35 players on their 40-man roster.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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