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Capps released, might eventually return

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 25, 2013

   GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians released Matt Capps early this afternoon, but like Daisuke Matsuzaka, he might return after working out a new deal.

   Both Matsuzaka and Capps are major-league free agents who came to camp on minor-league contracts. Conesequently, they had the right to walk away on Tuesday if they were not part of the 40-man roster.

   Alternatively, the Tribe could offer them each a $100,000 retention bonus that would bind them to the club until June 1. It also would allow the team to send them to Triple-A.

   It is clear that neither pitcher was able to find another club willing to put him on the roster, which gives the Indians a chance to work out a different kind of deal in the next few days.

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