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Angels get 7-foot-1 Dutchman to complete Brian Fuentes trade

Sep 1, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

Last week the Angels traded Brian Fuentes to the Twins for a player to be named later, with the two sides announcing today that the player is Loek Van Mil.
Van Mil isn’t much of a prospect, ranking No. 39 on my annual list of the Twins’ best prospects coming into this season and having a miserable year between high Single-A and Double-A. On the other hand his full name is Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil, he’s 7-foot-1, and he’s from the Netherlands, so he qualifies as “intriguing” regardless of how well he pitches.
Minnesota designated Van Mil for assignment last week to clear him from the 40-man roster and he went unclaimed on waivers, so in terms of prospect stock he’s little more than a throw-in flier at this point. For the Angels the real value of dealing Fuentes was simply to clear the $1.8 million left on his contract for this season off the books. They can use some of that money to pay for Van Mil’s custom uniforms.

  1. ThatGuy - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Ahh, i was hoping to see Rauch and Van Mil sit in the pullpen together. MN would need to order taller chairs.

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    The Angels needed a center for their winter basketball league.

  3. RickB - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    If Bill Veeck were still around he’d rush this guy to the bigs, just so he could say he had the tallest and shortest major leaguers in history on his teams.

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