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Updated: August 27th, 2010 7:07pm
Twins acquire lefty Brian Fuentes from Angels

Twins acquire lefty Brian Fuentes from Angels

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash, to be determined by October 15, 2010.

Fuentes has a 3.52 ERA with 39 strikeouts, 18 walks and five home runs allowed in 38 1/3 innings.

Those numbers are respectable, but Fuentes has particularly thrived against lefties, holding them to a .132/.209/.158 batting line. He also has six years of closing experience.

Fuentes has a $9 million option for 2011 that kicks in if he finishes 55 games in 2010. But to date, he has only finished 33, which means he is likely to become a free agent after the season.

Update: The Twins have optioned LHP Glen Perkins back to Class-AAA Rochester to make room for Fuentes on the 25-man roster.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brian Fuentes, Glen Perkins