Brian Fuentes signs with the Angels
Two year deal, replaces Rodriguez as closer, causing me to roll my eyes about bullpen roles.
Fun fact: Fuentes, former Mariner, went to the Rockies in Cirillo trade and became the only really successful member of that deal (he went along with Jose Paniagua and Denny Stark
‘s toxic contract).
Further fun story: Fuentes was one of the biggest surprises and misses in my baseball writing career. I didn’t think Fuentes was going to ever put it together, and was thinking about leaving him out of that year’s Baseball Prospectus. He’d been in the system for five years, and looked to me like maybe he’d be back-end bullpen material at best, and I had a lot of more important players to cover. Talking to Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto in researching the Baseball Prospectus chapter, he said “I don’t know about that, he’s got that slider, he could be a lefty specialist right now.”
Then Keith Law gave me a stern talking-to on the authors list about leaving him out.
Fuentes has turned that motion and that slider into a nice little career and gone to the All-Star game three times.
On the other hand, as Ivan likes to remind me, I once thought Brian Raabe was the future of the M’s infield, so I’ve got that going for me too.