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Fuentes was 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA and was 23 for 27 converting saves this season for the slumping Angels, who were 9 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West at the time of the trade.

He was 1-5 with a 3.93 ERA and 48 saves in 55 chances last season, his first for Los Angeles after signing a $17.5 million, two-year contract in December 2008.

He is likely to become a free agent again after this season. Gardenhire said after speaking to general manager Bill Smith that Fuentes has a vesting option in his contract for 2011, but that his current numbers make it unlikely those will “come into play” for Minnesota.

Fuentes allowed three runs in the ninth inning for the Angels in a loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The Angels will promote set up man Fernando Rodney to replace Fuentes. The 33-year-old right-hander had 37 saves last season with Detroit, and converted all five opportunities he had in April after Fuentes went on the disabled list with a back strain. Reagins said the club won’t need to look for a closer in the offseason.

“We feel good about Fernando and what he can bring in the ninth inning to close out games,” Reagins said.