Tag:Brian Fuentes
Posted on: September 15, 2009 10:33 am

Angels in the ninth

Because Brian Fuentes has struggled at times for the Angels, MLB.com says Manager Mike Scioscia hasn't ruled out the possibility of using reliever Kevin Jespen in certain situations.

Scioscia is more inclined to make his decision based on the matchup. "Both guys have been an important part of the back end of the bullpen," Scioscia said. "But if there are some matches that could be advantageous [to use Jepsen], we will try to take advantage of [them]."

Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:50 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 10:06 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Swisher, Nady, Kapler, Zaun

The latest from Ken Rosenthal.

  • A recent Ned Colletti-Scott Boras conversation about Manny Ramirez didn't result in progress.  Boras still has his sights on at least $100MM over four years.  Rosenthal adds that Manny is "cool to the idea of playing in San Francisco."
  • Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady are drawing "significant interest."  Rosenthal speculates that the Giants, Braves, or Pirates would make sense.
  • The door is not closed with the Yankees and Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte recently rejected the Yanks' one-year, $10MM offer.
  • Some Mets people prefer Oliver Perez to Derek Lowe.  The Braves have yet to speak to Boras about Lowe, while the Brewers and Phillies have financial concerns about fitting him in.
  • Trevor Hoffman has a West Coast preference (the Dodgers or maybe a Padres reconciliation) but interest with the Brewers is mutual.  Other relievers on the Dodgers' radar: Juan Cruz, Guillermo Mota, and Dennys Reyes.
  • Brian Fuentes' agent had serious talks with the Yankees, but no offer was made.  Fuentes would've been Mariano Rivera's set-up man and perhaps taken over upon his retirement.
  • Rosenthal notes that MLB kicked in a small part of the $10MM owed to Sidney Ponson from their luxury tax pool, which is not uncommon.
  • If they can afford it, the Rays would like to sign Gabe Kapler.
  • The Orioles, Red Sox, and A's are interested in Gregg Zaun.
  • Perhaps because of the cool market for his services, Orlando Cabrera is willing to play second base.  The Yankees did not have interest.
  • That Gavin Floyd for Brian Roberts rumor "seemingly arose from internal discussions among Orioles officials."
Posted on: January 5, 2009 11:43 am
Edited on: January 5, 2009 4:56 pm

Odds and Ends: Andruw, Marquis, Coonelly

Links for Monday...

Posted on: December 31, 2008 1:09 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2008 3:49 pm

Angels Sign Brian Fuentes

12:46pm: Olney has the financials: it's a two-year, $17.5MM deal.  $8.5MM in '09, $9MM in '10, and a $9MM vesting option for '11 based on (55) games finished.

12:08pm: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Brian Fuentes signed a two-year deal with the AngelsA press release from the Angels is out; there's a third-year club option.  The Rockies will receive the Angels' #33 pick in the June draft, as well as a supplemental pick.

Fuentes, 33, was excellent in 2008.  He posted a 2.73 ERA and 11.78 K/9.  At the outset of the offseason he was expected to get a three or even four-year deal.

Posted on: December 26, 2008 7:31 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2008 8:52 pm

Cardinals Payroll Developments

Here's a bit of "pure speculation" from Buster Olney: he wonders if the Cardinals have scaled back their payroll going forward.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III recently sounded reluctant to lower payroll, saying it would lead to a "spiral" he'd rather avoid.

The Cards have been patient on the free agent market so far, but the Mark Teixeira saga slowed everything down, so they could be more active soon. Now that they seem to have pulled their offer to Brian Fuentes, the Cardinals' next steps will be telling.

Olney's sources tell him that some teams have scaled back spending by as much as $20MM for next year and more may do the same as they project their revenues in the weakened economy.

Posted on: December 24, 2008 10:57 am
Edited on: December 24, 2008 11:14 am

Cardinals Practice Patience

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the St. Louis Cardinals are taking a patient approach to the free agent market. Cardinals management is being cautious after making offers early in the offseason that didn't receive much response.

That status stands for free agent closer Brian Fuentes, who had an offer from the Cardinals before the franchise pulled it. Goold notes that the Los Angeles Angels have become suitors for Fuentes.

Posted on: December 23, 2008 9:58 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 10:30 pm

Brewers Done Until After Holidays

It looks like the Brewers won't be making any moves prior to the holidays. General Manager Doug Melvin revealed on Sunday that the team was interested in pitcher Braden Looper, but also said that nothing is close. He echoed those statements earlier today, saying that doesn't think anything will happen with the free agent righty. "I think he's going to wait until after the holiday, too. Players are all still looking for multiyear deals and waiting for other players to sign," said the GM.

Melvin also addressed the issue of lefty closer Brian Fuentes. The Brewers have targeted him, but nothing appears close. In fact, Melvin described his dealings with Fuentes' agent, Rick Thurman, as "talks" and not "negotiations." MLB.com's Adam McCalvy takes this to mean that the Brewers have not yet submitted an offer. Still, Melving says that he doesn't expect the team to get Fuentes.

Posted on: December 22, 2008 12:30 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2008 2:48 pm

How Will The Angels Spend Their Money?

12:02pm: Boras gave a prepared statement regarding the Angels and Tex, saying that the player's interest has been sincere.  Boras left the door open for the Angels, but why wouldn't he?

11:28am: So the Angels are out of the running for Mark Teixeira.  Now what?  They've re-signed Juan Rivera, making Manny Ramirez a "reach" according to Jerry Crasnick's sourceMike DiGiovanna has suggestions:

The Angels...could also look to bolster their offense by pursuing a free-agent outfielder such as Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, Adam Dunn, or, possibly, Manny.  Or, they could look to trade for a hitter such as Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Garrett Atkins or Joey Votto.  They will probably use some of the money budgeted for Teixeira to sign closer Brian Fuentes, who is seeking a three-year, $30-million deal and has said that the Angels are his first choice.

Votto seems a long shot to be traded.  Acquiring Dye or Atkins would require young pitching the Halos may not be able to spare.  Adding another outfielder would not be ideal, with Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter, Rivera, and Gary Matthews Jr. in the mix for those three spots and the DH spot.  Still, it could be done.  Burrell or Dunn can at least play some first base.  The Konerko idea seems reasonable, if he'd approve the trade.

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