Kelsie Smith on Twitter is reporting that long time closer Joe Nathan is out in the Twin Cities, and Matt Capps is the new closing arm for the Twins.
After blowing his second straight save opportunity Manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson decided it would be a good idea to put Capps in as the new closer.
No surprises here as Nathan simply hasn't looked like himself this season, but a blow for fantasy owners just the same.
Nathan owners have had to deal with a bloated 8.44 ERA, a 5.1 K/9 rate and a host of command issues.
The thing is though, Capps isn't all that better right now (4.55 ERA and a dismal 3.7 K/9 rate).
Capps is sure to give the Twins a slight change of pace, but it is likely that Nathan will—in time—earn his job back so don't run out and scoop up Capps just yet.
You could, however, monitor the situation on your watch list or run out and scoop up Toronto's Jon Rauch as an interim closer. Rauch has a nice 2.70 ERA, but is on fill-in duty until Frank Francisco returns—so be aware.
If you want another option who is a dual qualifier, try your hand at St. Louis' Kyle McClellan or Kansas City's Bruce Chen.
Both players are at the top of most waiver wires with McClellan posing a 33% average ownership, two wins in three games, a 1.89 ERA and 13 K's in 19 innings pitched.
Chen, a nice surprise in Kansas City right now, is sporting a much lower 5% average ownership with 2 wins in three games as well, a 2.37 ERA and 11 K's in 19 innings pitched.
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