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Marlins Interested in Matt Capps

Matt Capps was non-tendered by the Pirates Saturday, and the Marlins are rumored to be one of the many teams interested in signing him.

Leo Nunez may have some competition for the closer’s job this spring, after all.

The Marlins are among teams interested in reliever Matt Capps, who was non-tendered by the Pirates on Saturday. The Marlins tried to trade for Capps this past summer, dangling RF Jeremy Hermida to Pittsburgh. Capps made $2.425 million in 2009, and he’s believed to be asking for about the same.

Capps posted career lows in 2009, going 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA and 27 saves in 32 opportunities.

Capps has made it clear he still wants the chance to close, and right now the Nationals appear to be his team of preference. Based on the amount of interest in him, and the fact that he wants a multi-year deal, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see if he'll be in teal and black next season. But while you're breathing normally, if you're interested, fangraphs has picked apart what was behind Matt's ineffectiveness in 2009