In recent days, the Twins have announced a few procedural moves that weren't especially surprising. Among them were the decisions to decline 2013 options for Scott Baker and Matt Capps, which would have paid $9.25 million and $6 million, respectively. With both hurlers coming off seasons severely affected by injuries, there was no incentive for the Twins to pay such a high price when they could easily negotiate a better deal in free agency.
They have already begun trying to do so with Baker, who told reporters
that his side has been talking with the club and that "we're not close, but we're definitely closer than when it started."
There's been no such steam surrounding Capps