ESPNChicago.com is reporting that free agent closer Matt Capps will choose to sign with the Nationals over the Cubs. While Capps would have a better chance of making the playoffs with the Cubs, it is a much better career move to choose the Nationals.
At just 26, Capps still has time to establish himself as a quality closer. He will make 3.5 million dollars next season and will hit the open market again as a 27-year old closer, instead of a reliever. The Nationals probably view him as a stopgap for first rounder Drew Storen, who could possibly join the Nationals at some point next season.
The Nationals are throwing a lot of money around this offseason and could spend more with Orlando Hudson still available. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to all the new moves.