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Sources: Capps would be closer

Updated: December 23, 2009, 6:09 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Washington Nationals are closing in on a one-year deal with Matt Capps, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Assuming the deal is completed, sources say that Capps -- who was not tendered a contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month -- would go to spring training as the presumptive favorite to be the Nationals' closer.

Capps' agent, Paul Kinzer, denied that an agreement has been reached. "We're still going over the offers and talking. It ...

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