Cleveland Indians reliever Chris Perez was on my draft-day bargain list.
Perez, 27, enters the season as the closer coming off of back-to-back 30-plus-save seasons. Add to that, he struck out a batter per inning.
What’s not to like?
Well, the Indians might not like him so much. Yes, they signed him to a one-year deal last month worth $7.3 million. But that’s a lot of cash to hand out to a reliever for a franchise that’s watching its budget.
Enter Matt Capps.
Cleveland inked Capps, 29, to a minor league contract Thursday.
Capps has had at least 14 saves in each of the past eight seasons, including a career-high 42 with two teams in 2010. Pirates fans might remember Capps from his days at PNC Park from 2005-09.
Cleveland fans could see Capps closing games at some point this season if Perez is traded (good possibility at $7.3M).
If you’re looking for a sleeper fantasy baseball player in AL-only fantasy formats, Capps is one to stash.
Looking at it from a non-fantasy perspective, it’s a good deal for the Tribe to bolster a strong-looking bullpen (with Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith) at a minimum. If Perez goes, Capps is one to possibly step up.
– Rick Green (follow me on Twitter @ETNrgreen)