The Twins didn't have much choice - they had to give Matt Capps a one-year-deal because he's basically the only sure thing they have in the bullpen right now and even though it will cost them $7 million - it had to be done.
But wow...it sure seems like a lot of money for a guy who has no "out" pitch, doesn't get many clean saves, and made "pitching to contact" a household phrase last summer.
The Twins payroll will be pushing $115 million this year and you can't argue with the team spending that kind of money. Some will argue that they didn't spend the money all that wisely, but we have two words for you: Jim Thome.
Just be happy he is back here in a Twins uniform. Will anyone be surprised if Justin Morneau isn't ready to start the season? I will be shocked if he's ready to go by May. So having Thome's bat in the lineup will be huge for the club.
As for the relievers - the Twins always find a way to patch up a leaky bullpen from within. I have faith. It might be blind faith, but I have faith. Is there really much choice at this point? The windchill will be -20 tonight...let me have blind faith in my favorite baseball team. If the cold isn't bad enough, the Packers and Bears are playing for a chance to go to the freaking Super Bowl -- I think I have the right to be optimistic during this difficult time.