There are plenty of opinions of the Minnesota Twins’ trade Thursday to acquire closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals in exchange for catching prospect Wilson Ramos and another minor league pitcher.
- Minneapolis Star Tribune beat writer La Velle E. Neal says the Capps trade helps both teams. It helps the Twins now and the Nats later.
- LEN III also updates his organization prospect rankings.
- The guys over at TwinsCentric wonder, like myself, if the Twins got enough for Ramos.
- Jack Moore over at FanGraphs breaks down what Capps’ addition means to the Twins bullpen.
What makes this trade so tough for me to stomach is the fact that the Twins could have gotten so much more for Ramos prior to the season. I realize there’s a clubhouse of 25 players that want to see the front office get behind their playoff push. But I’m left wondering if a deal for someone – like Toronto’s Scott Downs or Jason Frasor – couldn’t have been done without giving up Ramos, whose value could not be lower right now.
I remember before the season I pushed for the Twins to try and acquire San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell - undoubtedly a superior closer when compared to Capps - by offering up Ramos. And if you look at the comments, I was pretty heavily criticized for that opinion.
Once the initial shock wore off, I started to understand the deal for Capps. It is surprising to see what Ramos is worth now.