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Angels, Fuentes agree to deal

Updated: December 31, 2008, 6:30 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Brian Fuentes and the Los Angeles Angels reached agreement on a $17.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, likely giving the AL West champions a replacement for record-setting closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Fuentes will earn $8.5 million for 2009 and $9 million for 2010. The contract includes a $9 million vesting option for 2011, based on games finished, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

"He should solidify the back part of our bullpen," ...

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