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Twins acquire Brian Fuentes from Angels

Aug 27, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

Well, this is certainly a surprise.

The Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of had it first.

Fuentes, 35, has a 3.52 ERA and 23 saves in 39 appearances this season, posting a 39/18 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.

According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Fuentes will set up for the recently-acquired Matt Capps, but that there’s always the option to use him in the ninth inning. He’s enjoyed great success against left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .132 batting average, so he could also be used as a left-handed specialist down the stretch.

It’s worth noting that Fuentes’ contract includes a $9 million vesting option for 2011 with 55 games finished this season. He has 33 games finished right now. With Capps firmly entrenched in the ninth-inning role, I’d say the Twins are pretty safe here.

  1. Gobias Industries - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    I predicted this, like, two months ago.
    Not quite.

  2. cusoman - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Crain and Fuentes setup combo, *drool*. The Twins bullpen is starting to look mighty, well…. mighty! Send down Perkins to make room for Fuentes, and then bring in a replacement for Guerrier (I know, ain’t gonna happen since he’s one of Gardy’s boys) and it doesn’t get much better than that!

  3. Son of Shane Mack - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Wow. That was unexpected.

  4. Proudly Canadian - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Interesting! Now do you guys know which team the Jays just traded Overbay to?

  5. D.J. Short - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Wasn’t traded. Under the weather, leaves for precautionary reasons.

  6. Proudly Canadian - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    OOPS! While Overbay was pulled from the game in the 5th inning, it is possible that it occured because he was sick. There was trade speculation on another site.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    While the AL Central promises to degenerate into as delicious a cat fight as the AL East, I fully expect to see the Feather Lice gleefully playing spoiler throughout September. They’re only a couple of pieces of the puzzle away from demanding their share of the pie next season. I don’t think anyone expected them to be anywhere near this good this year. I know I didn’t – they’re recovering from Ricciardi faster than Strasburg is going to recover from his ligament transplant.
    But back to the main point: it’s gonna be a great September for baseball lovers; John Wayne style bar brawls all over the place – maybe one of those Septembers that October can’t live up to.

  8. Paper Lions - Aug 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fuentes for turning down the Cardinals (who foolishly offered more money than the Angels) because he preferred to play on the west coast. Nice parting shot at Angels fans. He got exactly what he asked for…

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