Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins keeping the dialogue going with Capps

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Twins pitching, Twins rumors Updated: November 14, 2011 - 7:00 PM

MILWAUKEE -- Terry Ryan made a point of calling several Twins players after moving back into the GM role last week, and one of those phone calls went to free agent reliever Matt Capps.

"[Ryan] called me and expressed interest in Matt coming back," Capps' agent Paul Kinzer told a group of reporters today, on the eve of the GM meetings. "[Capps is] such a presence in the clubhouse and a good teammate, and the Twins really valued him."

The Twins also have interest in re-signing Joe Nathan, but there's a belief that they could turn their attention to Capps if the price for Nathan proves too high. Nathan turns 37 on Nov. 22; Capps is 28.

Capps went 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 69 appearances last season after signing a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Nathan replaced him as the team's closer in mid-July. But the Twins appreciated the way Capps kept taking the ball, even when he was dealing with some right wrist tendinitis.

He ended the year as a set-up man, but he's only one year removed from being an All-Star closer.

"I think he's going to be closing somewhere," Kinzer said. "I'll put it that way."


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