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A's add Fuentes to bullpen

Posted on: January 16, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 9:58 pm
 
Brian Fuentes The A's have continued to bolster their bullpen this offseason, adding former Angels closer Brian Fuentes to a two-year deal, the Associated Press reports.

According to a tweet from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth $5 million per year, with incentives for finishing games.

On Friday, the A's added Grant Balfour and then re-signed the arbitration-eligible Brad Ziegler. With Balfour, our own Evan Brunell ranked the A's bullpen as the fourth-best in baseball with its only weakness being a "lack of a top left-handed option." With Fuentes, the A's now have that and one of the best bullpens in the game.

Fuentes wasn't the best closer around, but with the Andrew Bailey finishing out games for Oakland, he won't be asked to do that for the A's, leaving him as a setup man, which is likely a better role for him. Left-handers hit just .128/.222/.149 against him last season.

Fuentes, 35, had 23 saves for the Angels last season before an August trade to the Twins for a player to be named (Loek Van Mil). The lefty appeared in nine games for the Twins, earning a save and allowing no runs in nine games. Overall, he was 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA with 24 saves in 48 appearances in 2010, striking out 47 batters in 48 innings while walking 20.

In 2009, Fuentes led the American League with 48 saves. He signed a two-year deal before the '09 season worth $17.5 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:07 am
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

OakWolf, you sound like you're sitting next to Beane in that office! On what planet are your three additions considered "power hitters"? The three combined won't hit what Adam Dunn is about to do in Chicago. See an eye doctor. You need to get those rose colored glasses removed.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:19 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

The Athletics are definitely going to be a threat in the West this year, will definitely contend for the division title.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:34 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

Not an A's fan but this is status quo for the organization. I think the Fuentes addition is a very good one although I think it made more sense for a lot of other teams. I'm kind of surprised someone else did not sign him.
For the A's they always have pitching, especially with the park figured in. What they still and always do lack is offense. What this does is give them a surplus for what they always like to do, stay competitive for as long as they can in the season and when it gets close to the deadline they have a surplus of what people would want-bullpen depth. A good left handed reliever, especially one that has setup and closer experience, that is also signed for the following year will give them some excellent trade bait to a team that actually does want to win for its fan base. As a baseball fan it is kind of disappointing as this team always does have potential with the division it has been in traditionally, but management doesn't want to address the true needs and worries itself more about thinking ahead to what if we arent in contention at the deadline.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 8:44 am
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

Watch out now the genius GM Beane brian is loading up on interchangeable arms for his mighty bullpen. Fuentes was a gas can for the division rival Angels, but this is more of the same $ wasting from the guy who had to resign Rich always injured Harden. If Bailey stays healthy and that`s a big IF the A`s have a good pen.  Just don`t get too excited over adding retreads like Willingham, DeJesus, Fuents, Ballfour & Harden. If you challenge the Rannger$ great, but this is no World Series contender as usual. 




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:58 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

I would not call DeJesus a Power Hitter geez I do not think he is ever projected to hit more than 11 being that 13 is his highest EVER!


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Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:26 pm
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Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:56 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

You guys really need to calm down.

We already added three power hitters in Godzilla, Willingham & DeJesus.

With all of those guys hitting around 15 - 20 HR's or so that's a significant upgrade to an already good hitting and OBP lineup. Our SP is sick and now Anderson, Cahill, Gio & Braden won't have to worry about losing the game in the 6 - 9th innnings because of shoddy middle relief.

Overpaying for Vlad or a pain in the neck Manny is not needed at this point.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:21 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

I don't understand what team Billy Beane is watching. He wasted the early part of this offseason chasing Adrian Beltre, who would hit about 12 home runs in that ballpark, and now he's concentrating on relievers when Vlad Guerrero and Manny Ramirez could add some right-handed sock to the Athletics' chronic power outage. Even if Michael Taylor and Chris Carter arrive in 2011, does Beane expect them to leap straight to third and fourth in the order?



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:17 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

Another thing that makes a good bullpen: having 5 24 yr old starters who average 7 innings...like the A's.Okay, but how weak would Oakland pitching be if they kept CarGo?In fairness...wouldn't you still guess that the magazines will be predicting the A's to win the West this year?



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:22 pm
 

A's close to adding Fuentes

Im not an A's fan but considering the options in free agency I think taking a stab at Manny is the best idea for these A's. While Manny may not be as feared as he was say three or four years ago but he can still help the young club much like how he helped in LA with Ethier etc. Its a risky option but really what do they have to lose?


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