The Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent closer Matt Capps, who was non-tendered by the Pirates over the weekend. Agent Paul Kinzer expects to talk to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail later today or tomorrow.
The amount of interest hasn’t been determined. Maybe they’re just kicking the tires. Or perhaps Capps will be given serious consideration. It’s difficult to know at this early stage of negotiations.
Kinzer estimated that “nine or 10” teams have contacted him.
“We’ll sit down and talk to everybody and see the level of interest and see where the best fit is and how he fits into their plans, and then we’ll narrow it down,” Kinzer said. “Then we’ll make a decision.”
Not every team views Capps as a closer, with some envisioning him in a set-up role, but that’s the job he would likely fill with the Orioles if they signed him. Jim Johnson already appears destined to inherit the set-up duties.
“Matt is really interested in staying a closer,” Kinzer said. “It won’t be the only factor, but it will be a major factor in his decision.
“Some teams already have established closers who want another guy at the backend of their bullpen, and they like Matt. He has opportunities both as a set-up man and a closer.”
As for the Orioles, Kinzer said, “I’m sure Matt has a lot of interest. That’s one of the teams. And I’m sure the Orioles will be in our cut down. “
Various reports have also linked Capps to the Diamondbacks and Cubs.