The Cleveland Indians have formally agreed to terms with starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and relief pitcher Matt Capps.
The terms of the deal were unannounced, but both deals were of the minor league variety and both players will report to Triple-A Columbus after the close of big league camp.
Per Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, it appears that — despite the luxury of added depth within the team’s system — the Indians will not interfere with other teams attempting to acquire the players
“I’ll got to Triple-A,” Capps told the media in Arizona. “If a big league club wants me, the Indians said they won’t stand in my way.”
The team released both players earlier this week, avoiding the $100,000 retention bonus that was to be paid by Tuesday’s deadline. Under their original deals, Matsuzaka would have made $1.5 million; Capps was due $1 million. The veteran starter fell victim to a numbers game coupled with the incredibly solid spring of left-hander Scott Kazmir who locked up the fifth spot in the rotation. Capps, similarly, was squeezed when the team selected veteran pitcher Rich Hill, youngster Nick Hagadone, and the recently acquired Brian Shaw to round out the bullpen.