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Capps, Santos still valuable as closers

Twins retain Capps while Blue Jays make deal for former White Sox stopper

Updated: December 6, 2011, 3:53 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

We've finally gotten some answers about two American League teams' closers in the past 24 hours.

One wasn't a surprising move: The Minnesota Twins, having lost Joe Nathan to free agency, re-signed their 2011 Opening Day closer, Matt Capps, to a one-year, $4.75 million contract. The other, meanwhile, was surprising: The Toronto Blue Jays, whose 2011 co-closers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch are free agents, acquired Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitching prospect ...

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