Despite an inconsistent season, 25 year old closer Matt Capps is drawing significant interest around the league.
With the trade deadline 11 days away, closer Matt Capps will be among the most highly coveted players on the Pirates roster.
The Pirates are not actively shopping Capps but the team has held a number of discussions with playoff contenders looking to bolster their bullpen.
Jim Tracy is pushing hard for Rockies management to make a play for Capps. Any deal involving Capps would have to involve prospect Eric Young jr who is on pace for 65+ stolen bases this season.
Pirates management is looking to build around speed at the top of their lineup and the organization absolutely loves Eric Young Jr.
Trade talks between the Marlins and Pirates have stalled. Pittsburgh turned down an offer of Jeremy Hermida/prospect for Capps, early this month
The Pirates are asking for prospect Gaby Sanchez and a top pitching prospect and due to the acquisition of Lastings Milledge, the organization no longer has any interest in Hermida who was apart of trade talks between the Marlins/Pirates and Red Sox last summer.
A new team to enter the mix for Capps is the LA Angels. The Angels eye Capps as a potential 8th inning set-up man and could pick up their pursuit of Capps within before deadline as the Orioles asking price for too high for the Angels liking.
The two teams have scouted each other frequently over the past couple weeks and Pirates has an interest in prospect Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo is a right handed power hitting first baseman who had 32 home runs in Class A last season.
Pittsburgh is looking for hitting prospect along with a top pitching prospect in any deal for Capps.
Pittsburgh’s top priority at the trade deadline or the upcoming off-season is to add a right handed power hitter to team with Pedro Alvarez.
Pittsburgh has also received inquiries from the Rangers, Dodgers, and Twins.