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Closer Report: Los Angeles Angels

Brian Fuentes remains the Angels' closer, and the tenth round is pretty early for a guy who didn't pitch particularly well in 2009 and has decent backups in place.

The Halos committed big money to Fernando Rodney, but he's slated to be a setup man.  Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times explains:

Rodney is expected to share setup duties with Scot Shields and Kevin Jepsen and close on a fill-in basis when Brian Fuentes is down.

Fuentes was relieved by Jepsen multiple times last season, with Mike Scioscia opting for a semi-job share arrangement in mid-September.  Jepsen dealt with shoulder tendinitis that month, so he's been taking it easy this spring.  Shields is coming off knee surgery.

Given Rodney's fastball, closing experience, and contract, he's the one you want.  And though the Angels probably won't admit it, they could try to prevent Fuentes from reaching the 55 games finished he needs for his 2011 option to vest at $9MM.  Unfortunately Rodney is currently going in the 18th round, a sign that those drafting don't realize he's not the closer.  At that point in the draft you can still get established closers like Chad Qualls, Matt Capps, and Kerry Wood.

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