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Twins acquire lefty Brian Fuentes from Angles

By Derek Wetmore

Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Twins have acquired left handed closer Brian Fuentes from the Anaheim Angles today for a player to be named later or cash considerations. My immediate reaction was that this is a player who is over-the-hill and is being overrated because he's a closer. But a closer look at the numbers, and it starts to make a little more sense. Fuentes eats left handed hitters for breakfast, and coupled with the injuries to Jose Mijares and Ron Mahay, the timing of the addition seems to make sense.

In 38 at bats against lefties this year, the southpaw is holding opponents to a .132 average and a .209 on-base percentage. Those are paltry numbers, but the majority of his opponent batters faced have been right handed. Fuentes is averaging over a strikeout per inning, currently sporting a 9.16 K/9 for 2010. He does walk more batters than the average late inning option, averaging over four per nine innings. He has 23 saves this year, but the move to Minnesota means he will likely set up instead of slamming the door late in games. The numbers against lefties would make him an ideal lefty specialist, but that's likely not a luxury the Twins will have down the stretch, with Mijares not expected back until mid-September.

This has been a busy week for the Twin's front office, as they also added Randy Flores - formerly of the Colorado Rockies.

It's not clear who the PTBNL is yet, but indications are the teams have agreed to a specific player who Angels' general Manager Mike Reagins described as "a prospect with upside." No conclusion should be made of the deal before we know who that player will be, but that bullpen looks pretty good on paper for down the stretch.

Capps CL
Fuentes SU, L
Flores L
Perkins L

When Mijares returns, rosters will have already expanded, so no one needs to be sent down to give him a spot on the roster. However, he will likely supplant either Flores or Perkins for the playoff roster. 

Derek Wetmore is a sports reporter for the Minnesota Daily. He edits and operates Wet Socks.

1 comment:

  1. How about proofreading before posting? "Angles" vs "Angels".