We like the Fuentes signing, as it bolsters a bullpen that was in some degree of disarray after the Mets signed K-ROD. As strong as Arredondo was in 2008, relying on a combination of him, Scot Shields, the unreliable Justin Speier, and the aging Darren Oliver seemed a recipe for late-game meltdowns, the general lack of which has been a vital element of the Angels’ recent success. Signing Fuentes, despite his age, assures that the Angels bullpen won’t be the team’s primary weakness in 2009.
Arredondo is a rising bullpen star, most would agree. But he’s also still very young and relatively inexperiened at the Major League level. Another season or two cultivating his obvious talent, in a setup role, is probably best for him and the team.
And while we agree that the Angels are still in near desperate need of a big bat, it seems odd to have people suggest that the Angels bullpen was solid without a proven closer.