Van Mil to Angels to finalize Fuentes trade

By: Kelly Thesier/

MINNEAPOLIS –The Twins sent right-hander Loek Van Mil to the Angels on Wednesday, finalizing their trade for left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes.

The Twins had until Oct. 15 to send the Angels a player to be named or cash. Typically in that type of trade, a club gives up a mid-level prospect and Van Mil falls into that category.

Van Mil, 25, had been designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for Fuentes on the 40-man roster.

The 7-foot-1 pitcher was 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA in 23 games for Double-A New Britain this season after beginning the year with Class A Fort Myers, where he went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three outings. Van Mil also was invited to the Twins Major League Spring Training prior to this year, but soreness in his shoulder prevented him from being able to take part in most of the drills. And while Van Mil was considered to have a strong arm, injuries have hampered his development since the Twins signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.

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