August 27, 2010

Breaking news: Twins get Brian Fuentes from Angels

I'll have more later, but for now: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune confirms that the Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named later. If nothing else, Fuentes beats the hell out of Randy Flores.

  • UGH

    Gardy’s head just exploded.

  • Little Cutter

    Can we send Flores as the PTBNL?

  • Neil

    And all the angst over Randy Flores goes to waste.

    Not a Bill Smith fan for most of the year, but in the past two Augusts, you have to admit he’s done well…

  • Son of Shane Mack

    Wow. Wow.

    As long as the PTBNL isn’t someone of much interest, wow.

    We might end up with Blackburn in the rotation but a back end of Capps, Fuentes, Crain, Guerrier (now with a chance to not get overworked and recover, hopefully), and Rauch (hopefully gets back on track) is frankly pretty nice. Actually, more than that.

    This is a Yankee-like move. In a good way. You can never pile on enough bullpen help or pitching in general – especially at reasonable prices.

    I’d say it’s doubtful that everyone from Capps, Rauch, Crain, Nathan, Guerrier, and Fuentes will be around through part or all of next season, but having pieces to move that are valuable are never a bad thing.

    Why pay too much for Heath Bell in March when you can pick up a guy like Fuentes for not much at the end when you really need it?

    It does pretty much make Flores redundant. Well, kind of. I guess Fuentes becomes setup man + the Alpha LOOGY and Flores can be the extra LOOGY (the original Mahay role).

    Awesome move. Wow.

  • Dave T

    Either Fuentes or Crain could take over as closer if Capps falters. I like this move, but the PTBNL is probably somebody good. How did Fuentes clear waivers?

  • TD

    This is really the first move I’ve seen in years from the Twins that says ‘alright, here we go, bring on the Yankees’..

  • Gendo

    “Not a Bill Smith fan for most of the year, but in the past two Augusts, you have to admit he’s done well…”

    Get Ramos back somehow then release Flores and we’ll talk.

    “This is really the first move I’ve seen in years from the Twins that says ‘alright, here we go, bring on the Yankees’..”

    Like a guy driving around a barrier saying here we go bring on the train.

  • brian

    Gendo’s right on with both points. Capps and Flores were desperation moves. Playoff success fan-tasies are just that.