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Updated: July 29th, 2010 9:41pm
Twins deal Wilson Ramos in package for Washington closer Matt Capps

Twins deal Wilson Ramos in package for Washington closer Matt Capps

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Twins have been working hard the past week to shore up their bullpen.

They made one significant move on Thursday to do it.

A source said -- and the team confirmed shortly after -- it has acquired closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals for top catching prospect Wilson Ramos and left-hander Joe Testa.

Capps, 26, has converted 26 saves in 30 opportunities this season, compiling a 2.74 earned-run average with nine walks and 38 strikes. He likely will replace Jon Rauch in the closer role immediately for the Twins, who were off Thursday and open a three-game series against Seattle on Friday.

It became apparent earlier this week the Twins had targeted a bullpen upgrade when they began following the Toronto Blue Jays. But they ended up paying a hefty price for Capps, who is due the remainder of his $3.5 million salary this season and is under team control for one more year.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Matt Capps, Wilson Ramos, Jon Rauch