MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 8: Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the tenth inning on June 8, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Cubs 8-7.
Copyright Getty Images
CLEVELAND - The Indians have signed free agent pitcher Matt Capps to a minor-league contract.
Capps' deal includes a non-roster invitation to spring training camp. The 29-year-old has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. He opened last season closing for the Twins and had 14 saves in his first 15 chances. But Capps was slowed by shoulder inflammation and pitched just four innings after June 15.
The Twins declined their $6 million contract option on Capps for 2013, instead paying him a $250,000 buyout.
Capps was the winning pitcher for the National League in the 2010 All-Star game. That season, he had a career-high 42 saves and a 2.47 ERA in 74 games for the Nationals and Twins.
He has recorded at least 14 saves each of the past six seasons.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Cleveland Indians will close their three remaining satellite team stores in Fairview Park, Strongsville and North Canton on January 27.
The Indians will lose free agent relief pitcher Joe Smith to the Los Angeles Angels. CBS Sports Jon Heyman is reporting the deal is for 3 years and worth 16 million.