Pirates, Capps sign two-year, $3.1 million contract

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MIAMI -- The Pirates and closer Matt Capps today signed a two-year contract worth $3.1 million.

Capps last month was given a $435,000 salary for the current season. That figure was increased to $500,000, plus a $250,000 signing bonus.

He will make $2.35 million in the second year, which would have been his first year of eligibility for arbitration.

"We are pleased to reach agreement on a mutually beneficial contract with Matt Capps," general manager Neal Huntington said. "This contract provides the club cost certainty, gives Matt some financial protection and will allow the Pirates to avoid the arbitration process following this season."

The team and Capps remain open to discussing a longer term as they had for much of the off-season. But the sides cut off such talks in early March.

"We appreciate them not giving up on us," Capps said. "It's just a two-year deal, but it shows the confidence they have in me."

Also, shortstop Jack Wilson will not play tonight because of a strained left calf. He remains listed as day-to-day. Luis Rivas will take his place. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez was a last-minute scratch, informing the team of discomfort in his right shoulder after a full round of batting practice. The Pirates said they preferred to give Sanchez another day to rest it.

More details in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.


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