Twins acquire Brian Fuentes from Angels

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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.