Cleveland Indians sign Matt Capps

The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent right-hander Matt Capps to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, the team has announced.

It’s quite the fall for Capps, who entered the 2012 season as the Minnesota Twins’ closer. He maintained an ERA of 3.68 over 29 1/3 innings before being sidelined due to shoulder inflammation. He was only to make a few more appearances for the remainder of the year.

The result of his injury-plagued campaign was the inability to find a guaranteed contract for the 2013 season. Over eight seasons at the major league level, the 29-year-old owns a career ERA of 3.52 with 6.5 strikeouts and 1.7 walks per nine innings.

Though it’s a minor league contract, Capps would appear to be a solid candidate to break camp with the Indians considering his strong track record. He would join a bullpen that already includes Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith, Matt Albers and Nick Hagadone.

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