The sudden interest in former Pirates closer Matt Capps really has me scratching my head. I guess teams smell blood, and want to seize an opportunity to sign a pitcher recently given his walking papers by a team badly in need of pitching but who realizes his value in arbitration would be over-inflated by his save totals. It may seem a cheap and easy way for the Cubs to improve the bullpen. But not so fast. Sure, he saved 27 games last season. But if there is a stat more meaningless than saves, then I haven't seen it yet. Even more bothersome is the fact that his once above league average fastball doesn't have the movement it once had. Yes, he still throws hard, but they are 94 mph meatballs. Didn't the Cubs see enough of that with Kevin Gregg? Capps had two 1-2-3 innings last year, and one ...
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