Jon Heyman has reported that the Padres have settled with Carter Capps for a $1,062,500 salary for the 2018 season. Projected by MLBTradeRumors for $1.3m, Capps is taking a slight discount while he rehabilitates from the second major surgery of his career.
Carter Capps came to the Padres from the Florida Marlins in the Andrew Cashner trade. At the time he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. His aggressive rehab had him throwing in spring training last year, but health setbacks and diminishing returns in both velocity and control kept him in the minors for most of the season. He returned to the majors in August, but was a shadow of his former self. The high-90’s fastball had lost a handful of MPH’s, so he was no longer able to blow hitters away.
Capps’ 2017 season ended early due to a blood clot, a potentially life-threatening condition that was eventually diagnosed to have been caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A surgery in late September relieved pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in his throwing shoulder, and now he joins Clayton Richard, Tyson Ross, and Chris Young as Padres members who have undergone a procedure for this condition. Ross underwent his procedure in October 2016 and returned to MLB action in June of the following year. If Capps has a similar rehab, he’d be back in action by mid-season.
With Carter Capps and Robbie Erlin both having avoided arbitration, the Padres now have five remaining players with whom to settle: Freddy Galvis, Brad Hand, Cory Spangenberg, Matt Sczcur, and Kirby Yates. The team has until January 12th to settle with players and avoid arbitration. The team has not entered arbitration with a player since Andrew Cashner in 2014.