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Blue Jays “among most serious suitors for” Brian Fuentes

Jan 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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Brian Fuentes has been linked to nearly a dozen teams this offseason while reportedly holding out for an opportunity to close and according to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday the Blue Jays “rank among the most serious suitors for” the 35-year-old left-hander.

Toronto signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week and the assumption was that he’d fill the closer role for the Blue Jays, but Davidoff writes that general manager Alex Antopoulos “will continue to explore the relief market” and Fuentes could fill the southpaw void created by Scott Downs leaving as a free agent.

Fuentes averaged 30 saves per season from 2005-2010, including a league-leading 48 for the Angels in 2009, and posted a 2.81 ERA with a 47/20 K/BB ratio in 48 innings last season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Very interesting! He seems to have pitched better last year than Gregg did. His ERA was similar to that of Downs. Dotel was not promised the closer’s job. He was promised the chance to compete for the job of closer. The Jays also signed former closer Chad Cordero this month.

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