December 22, 2009
The Washington Nationals aren't stopping to celebrate now that they've got 15-game winner Jason Marquis(notes) signed to the rotation for two years and $15 million. Now the team is apparently working full bore on getting former Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps(notes) to come aboard, according to ESPN.
"[Nationals GM] Mike Rizzo has done an unbelievable job," said Capps' agent, Paul Kinzer. When the 26-year-old Capps became a free agent, the Nationals weren't even a team that was on the radar for him and now it's looking like he could sign with the team.
What's working for the Nats in this case is that Capps had a relatively crummy 2009 (4-8, 5.80 ERA, 27 saves), so most teams that are after him are looking for him to be a setup man. Capps wants to close and it's looking he may do it in 2010 for Washington.