Matt Capps is an All-Star closer and he was traded to the Twins last night for catching prospect Wilson Ramos. Every Twins fan with a blog and/or a Twitter account seems to hate this trade. They think Twins GM Bill Smith got duped and didn't get enough in return for Ramos.
I don't really see it that way at all. Ramos wasn't going to help this team at the big-league level this year and probably not next year. Capps is an above-average reliever, fills an area of need for the team this season, and he is arbitration eligible for next year, so we can keep him just in case Joe Nathan struggles coming back from surgery.
As part of this deal, the Twins also sent pitching prospect Joe Testa to the Nat's for cash. Maybe everyone is mad about that too? I don't get it. Smith would have gotten more for Ramos if there was a market for him, but clearly, the market wasn't there. A so-so bullpen just got better, it filled a huge need. Out of all the relievers available right now, Capps was clearly the best. So the Twins jumped. I like it.