Rumors: Yankees Met with Brian Fuentes during Winter Meetings

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York gave us an update on Pedro Feliciano a little while ago. The latest on that is that talks are ongoing and they are “making a little progress”.

But buried at the bottom of the article was this little tidbit:

During the winter meetings last week, one of the agents for lefty Brian Fuentes, Dan Horwits, said he and the Yankees have held talks as well.

Before this we hadn’t really heard anything concrete that connected the Yankees to Fuentes. Fuentes is essentially another left handed relief option. He’s been a closer for the Rockies and Angels in the past but he was a setupman for the Twins at the end of last season.

He wasn’t the greatest closer. He may be able to find a job as a closer in 2011, but it won’t be for a winning team. But he is very good against lefties. Over his career he has a 1.13 WHIP with a .211 batting average against them. In 2010 he was even better putting up a 0.71 WHIP and a .128 batting average against them.

So it appears the Yankees right now seem set on Feliciano, but they have been in talks with Fuentes as well who seems like he would be a good alternative.

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