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Minnesota Twins trade pitcher Kevin Slowey to Colorado Rockies for player to be named

DALLAS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have traded winless pitcher Kevin Slowey to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.

The deal was announced Tuesday during baseball's winter meetings.

Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA this year and was out from May to August because of an abdominal strain. He made eight starts and six relief appearances and the Twins went 0-14 in those games.

Slowey became the first major league pitcher to make at least eight starts and lose them all since Lou Sleater of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, STATS LLC said.

The 27-year-old Slowey is 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA in five seasons with the Twins. He's been one of the best control pitchers in the majors over that span.

Slowey has averaged just 1.42 walks per nine innings, the second-lowest rate in the majors since 2007. Roy Halladay is the only pitcher with a better mark at 1.41.

Slowey went 13-6 in 2010 when the Twins won their second straight AL Central title. Minnesota plummeted to last place this season and lost a league-high 99 games.

Matt Capps and the Twins agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Capps was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves in 24 chances this year in his first full season with the Twins, who acquired him from Washington in June 2010. He made $7.15 million.

Capps had 32 saves for Pittsburgh in 2009 and a combined 48 for Washington and Minnesota the following season.

Capps and Joe Nathan both closed games this year for Minnesota, which slumped to last place in the AL Central at 63-99. Nathan, a four-time All-Star, left the Twins last month for a $14.5 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

After Nathan twice blew saves in a three-day span, Capps took over as closer on April 17. But Capps blew seven chances in 22 tries, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire moved Nathan back into the closer's role on July 16.

"Yeah, he was a little sore, but he always took the ball. He never made excuses," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said last week. "He had an off year, as did the club."

Capps gets $4.5 million this year, and the contract includes a $6 million option for 2013 with a $250,000 buyout. He can earn additional performance bonuses based on games finished.