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12/31/2008 12:55 PM ET
Angels agree to terms on two-year contract with free-agent left-handed pitcher Brian Fuentes
Contract includes club option For 2011
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ANAHEIM, CA -- The Angels Wednesday agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent left-handed pitcher Brian Fuentes. The contract includes a club option for the 2011 season. This announcement was made by club General Manager Tony Reagins. Per club policy, no financial terms of the contract will be released.

Fuentes, 33, served as the Colorado Rockies' closer in 2008 and posted a 1-5 record, 30 saves and 2.73 ERA (62.2 IP - 19 ER) in 67 games last season. He allowed 47 hits (3 HR), walked 22 and struck out 82 batters. Fuentes tied for sixth among all National League relievers in saves (30 of 34 opp.) and ranked 13th in ERA in 2008. He is the only pitcher in Colorado history to record multiple 30-save seasons (3, 2005-06-08) and four 20-plus save seasons (2005-08). Fuentes ended the season converting 17 straight save opportunities (dating back to July 3) for the second longest active streak in the majors in 2008 (Brad Lidge's 41-save streak was longer).

A three-time All-Star (2005-07), Fuentes owns a 17-27 record with 115 saves and a 3.41 ERA (422 IP - 160 ER) in 438 career appearances. He concluded his seven-year Rockies' career as their all-time career saves leader, passing Jose Jimenez (102) on July 30, 2008 at Pittsburgh. Fuentes is only the fourth left-hander all-time to lead a franchise in saves, joining John Franco (Mets), Billy Wagner (Astros) and Dan Plesac (Brewers). He also finished as Colorado's all-time leader in strikeouts by a reliever (470) and ranks fourth on the career strikeout list.

Originally selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the June 1995 free agent draft, Fuentes was traded to the Rockies (along with RHP Jose Paniagua and RHP Denny Stark) in exchange for INF Jeff Cirillo, Dec. 15, 2001. A native of Merced, CA, he continues to reside there with his wife Barbara and their four children (Giovanni, Benicio, Gabriella and Farrah).

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