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Matt Capps

I wonder if the Cardinals have any interest in Pirates closer Matt Capps as they try to improve their bullpen with a righty setup man.

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Capps is having a terrible year with an era of 6.15 and 45 hits allowed in 32 1/3 innings pitched. But he has been a Cardinals killer in the past in additon to racking up three very good seasons from 2006-08. He's only 25 and makes $2.3 million, which is a bargain compared to some relievers these days, including former Cardinals setup guy Russ Springer's $3.3 million contract with Oakland.

Given Capps crummy 2009, I would tend to believe that the Buckos couldn't command too much for him. And, if he is healthy, the Pirates reliever seems like the sort of guy who could benefit from Dave Duncan going over his mechanics with a fine toothed comb.

As the pre-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals have a righty setup man at the top of their wish list. But it isn't something the front office should be willing to mortgage the farm over. Blake Hawkesworth did an excellent job Wednesday night against the Dodgers and Josh Kinney is in the minors trying to tune his stuff up. Meanwhile Brad Thompson can't get into games...