Capps, Nationals finalize one-year contract
WASHINGTON — Reliever Matt Capps and the Washington Nationals finalized their $3.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday. The 26-year-old right-hander became a free agent last month when the Pirates declined to offer a contract for 2010. He was 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA and 27 saves in 32 chances last season, striking out 46 in 54.1 innings. Capps can earn an additional $425,000 in performance bonuses for games finished under the deal.
» A person familiar with the negotiations says Eric Hinske and the Atlanta Braves have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract. The 32-year-old is expected to play behind newly signed first baseman Troy Glaus and third baseman Chipper Jones. He also can play the corner outfield spots and is expected to be the team’s top left-handed pinch-hitter. Hinske hit .242 with eight homers and 25 RBI for Pirates and the New York Yankees last season.
» Right-hander Clay Condrey and the Minnesota Twins agreed to terms on a one-year, free-agent contract. The 34-year-old became a free agent after pitching four seasons for Philadelphia, going 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 42 innings last year for the NL champions. The Twins also released right-handed reliever Bobby Keppel.
» The Boston Red Sox are realigning their outfield by shifting center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to left to make room for Mike Cameron. The decision was made after they signed Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner, last month. In his 1,829 games, Cameron has played center field in 1,699 and left field in just three.