Extra Bases

Price for relief high

The Minnesota Twins acquiring Matt Capps from Washington goes to show you just how much relief pitching costs in this market and what the Red Sox are up against in the next 24-36 hours before the deadline.

Capps did have 26 saves for the Nats and was having a an excellent season, but the Twins had to give up catching prospect Wilson Ramos and lefty Joe Testa. Ramos had nowhere to go with Joe Mauer in the way and his value had dropped after a below-average season at Rochester. But he was still considered one of the top catching prospects in the game.

The Sox continue to make numerous calls on several relievers including MIlwaukee’s Trevor Hoffman. A major league source confirmed tonight that the team indeed did make a call on Hoffman, who has pitched very well lately, unscored upon in his last six outings and has allowed only three runs in his last 16 appearances with 14 strikeouts and only two walks.

The Padres traded for Baltimore’s Miguel Tejeda, but could still do something with the Red Sox who have outfielder’s, another need for the Padres, who have some interesting bullpen pieces including lefty Joe Thatcher.

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