Twins Acquire Brian Fuentes

The Twins have acquired Brian Fuentes from the Angels according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via Twitter). LaVelle E. Neal III of The Star Tribune tweets that the Angels will receive a player to be named later in the deal.

Fuentes, 35, has a 3.52 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 38.1 innings this season. There's approximately $1.89MM left on his contract this season, and he's unlikely to reach the 55 games finished that will trigger his $9MM vesting option for next season (he's at 33 GF right now). He's saved 23 games in 27 opportunities.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Matt Capps will retain closer duties, pushing Fuentes to set-up work according to another Neal tweet. The former Rockie has held lefthanded batters to a .132/.209/.158 batting line against with 15 strikeouts in 44 at-bats, so he'll also be a valuable weapon against lefties.


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76 Comments on "Twins Acquire Brian Fuentes"


bjsguess
5 years 8 days ago

Wow. Hope we got something decent.

thundah77
5 years 8 days ago

It doesnt matter if we did or didnt he wasnt coming back ext year so anything we got can be used as a trade chip in the offseason

Joey Doughnuts
5 years 8 days ago

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

kdub53
5 years 8 days ago

Its ok buddy…
the twins wont win it anyways and we just freed up some cash (HOPEFULLY)

iains
5 years 8 days ago

Ken_Rosenthal #Twins get player to be named for Fuentes. #MLB ..
So Twins must be giving up some guy either named Brian or Fuentes

GeronimoJansen
5 years 8 days ago

Didn’t see that coming.

5 years 8 days ago

Heard its Brian Fuentes for Joe Mauer!!!!!!!! YESSS!!!!!

5 years 7 days ago

BETTER NOT BE!

penpaper
5 years 8 days ago

Its all gravy. As long as we a) saved cash or b) got a decent prospect for cash, I like it.

5 years 8 days ago

Nifty addition for the twins. Sorry angels fans, but this likly means you are getting nothing for him, or alittle cash anyway.

5 years 8 days ago

What do you mean sorry! Thank you!!!!!

jovan75
5 years 8 days ago

Kind of suprise twins would get someone like fuentes. He has a down year the last 2 years with the angels hopefully he can rebound with the twins.

chickendinner11
5 years 1 day ago

yeah, other than leading the league in saves last season, i guess he did have a bad year. yes, his era was bad and whip too but still had to save games.

DodgerDog47
5 years 8 days ago

this is a surprise

fitz
5 years 8 days ago

Twins building a nice bullpen wish the Sox had thought of doing that 2 months ago.

5 years 7 days ago

hahahahahahaha

thegrayrace
5 years 8 days ago

Surprised the White Sox let Fuentes slip by.

Added pressure for them to make an impact acquisition such as Manny, I’d think.

5 years 8 days ago

In other news, A-Rod was said to be preparing for an 0-2 meatball he was likely to get from Fuentes in the ALDS.

Slopeboy
5 years 8 days ago

Fuentes as a set-up or specialist will only make Twins bullpen real tough.No matter what anyone says.

5 years 8 days ago

+1

Sniderlover
5 years 8 days ago

Yeah I think it’s a good addition for the Twins.

5 years 8 days ago

As an Angel fan I will agree. Fuentes has not been a great closer but if you can put him in as a lefty specialist he will be a nice upgrade in the bullpen.

johnny5alive
5 years 8 days ago

Yes – but they weren’t doing that and he was going to walk – maybe the angels resign him in the off-season for less money and make him that left handed specialist. This is a good move for the Angels and for the Twins. Capps will close, Fuentes will be an 8th inning or left handed specialist guy…and the Angels got something for a guy who was not going to be back next year unless they paid for him…and now they can still pay for him (if they want to) and get something in return. Sometimes teams give up great pieces for guys like Fuentes…after all the Angels gave up Sean Rodriguez for Kazmir…and I’m ssure the Angels were wishing Rodriguez was in their line-up at 3B or in the outfield all year long…

5 years 8 days ago

SRod didn’t have the range for 3B and never will. Decent bat, but we were loaded with middle infielders already. I agree it’s a good move for both teams, but don’t see the Halos resigning that cheeseball Fuentes.

halored101
5 years 8 days ago

Have u twins fans watcheed Fuentes, heart attack….

buffalonichols
5 years 8 days ago

He’s not going to be a closer for the Twins though, so get over it. Plus, he’s been great as of late, allowing only 3 ERs on 8 hits over 16 innings since the beginning of July, with two of those runs and two of those hits coming in his last game for the Angels. Actually, apart from two appearances he had a good June as well. Great pickup for the team.

halored101
5 years 8 days ago

oh believe me, i’m over it and come playoffs pressure you’ll be over it too. he’s predictable and has nothing overpowering, i understand you want this to be the solidifying move for your pen and it may help but he is not the end all be all you hoping for and his era would be much higher given more opportunities to pitch..

BaseballFanatic0707
5 years 7 days ago

Using ERA as any type of benchmark for a reliever is a terrible thing to do.

Fuentes has great splits vs. lefties. The Twins have plenty of other arms out there to use. Gardenhire is more than smart enough to figure out how to properly use a guy if he’s shutting down a specific type of hitter.

halored101
5 years 8 days ago

he wasn’t coming back next year and were done so something for nothing..

5 years 8 days ago

WOAH didn’t see that coming…

kdub53
5 years 8 days ago

wow…when i first loaded this it said 0 comments and i got a semi..cause I thought I was going to get to write first..
fuentes is a terrible closer…but I can see him being alright as a set up guy to strengthen the bullpen for someone else..
as an angel fan…SEE YA BRIAN!!! :) Hope well be freeing up some good cash with you gone cause were gonna need it…
I wanna see some good moves this offseason…and this is the beginning..
wont miss him..

5 years 8 days ago

Good trade for The Twins. I’ve been lukewarm on Fuentes since he joined The Angels, but he’s been decent recently, especially against lefties. When used correctly (ie. not as a closer), he’ll thrive and give The Twins a boost.

Let’s hope The Angels actually got someone reasonable back in this deal.

5 years 8 days ago

They won’t, but who cares at this point.

SmackSaw
5 years 8 days ago

Fuentes is done. Good luck Twinkies.