While Manny-mania engulfs most of the trade talk leading up to Aug. 31, the Twins may have improved their roster the most, acquiring left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes from the Angels for a player to be named on Friday.
Fuentes was the Angels' closer, but will be used as a set-up man for Matt Capps in Minnesota. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team could use Fuentes as an "occasional closer" if needed.
Fuentes will join the team in time for Saturday's game in Seattle.
The Twins already claimed left-hander Randy Flores off waivers this week to go along with Glenn Perkins as a lefty out of the bullpen. The team lost Ron Mahay and Jose Mijares earlier this month to injury.
Fuentes has a vesting option for 2011 (worth $9 million) with 55 games finished, a number he's unlikely to reach this season. He has finished 33 games and in his new role, it's unlikely he'll get to 55. He finished 57 last season when he had 48 saves.
UPDATE: Fernando Rodney is the beneficiary of the move, moving into the closer's role for the Angels.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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