It doesn't matter if I, Toby, Aaron, and Tom Verducci (along with the rest of the blogosphere) all concur that closers and saves are overrated, the fact is coming clear--the Twins scored big time with resigning Matt Capps. At the time commentors lamented that he was not only being way overpaid for a meaningless statistic, but that he was also costing the Twin a valuable draft pick.
Well, his saves have cost the Twins about $300K a piece, while Ryan Madson's saves have cost the Reds right around Infinity. As for the draft pick...well, you could criticize the Twins drafting strategy, but I don't think yet another hard throwing two pitch guy taken at #63 will be the equal of the prospect Capps returns at some point later this season.
I'd heard over and over that the draft was particularly weak, but I was still surprised to read about the Twins' selections after Buxton and Berrios. Not even as exciting as say Bashore or Tootle. Or Macallum. Or, you name the prospect.
I fully hope that Capps is someday the answer to a trivia question: What pitcher with a career ERA over 4, SO/9 under 6, and over 200 saves was traded not once, but twice, for two future All-Star players? Keep in mind that even J.C. Romero netted Alexi Casilla, and Capps netted that guy who got kidnapped and blew out his ACL.
Twins trade brochure headline for Capps: "He's not on the DL!"