Well, this is certainly a surprise.
The Twins have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com had it first.
Fuentes, 35, has a 3.52 ERA and 23 saves in 39 appearances this season, posting a 39/18 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.
According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Fuentes will set up for the recently-acquired Matt Capps, but that there’s always the option to use him in the ninth inning. He’s enjoyed great success against left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .132 batting average, so he could also be used as a left-handed specialist down the stretch.
It’s worth noting that Fuentes’ contract includes a $9 million vesting option for 2011 with 55 games finished this season. He has 33 games finished right now. With Capps firmly entrenched in the ninth-inning role, I’d say the Twins are pretty safe here.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.
Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.
If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The minor league season is over, of course, so he’ll serve that suspension next season. Assuming the Jays keep him in the fold.