Fuentes reiterates interest in Angels

Fuentes reiterates interest in Angels

The best available closer on the free-agent market is doing his part to let the Angels know he's interested.

A week and a half since telling his hometown Northern California newspaper that the Angels were his first choice, left-hander and former Rockies closer Brian Fuentes reiterated his interest to the Los Angeles Times in Monday's editions.

"They're still high on my list -- they always have been," Fuentes told the newspaper. "It looks like they're out of the market for Teixeira. They'll draw up a new plan, and hopefully I'll be a part of it."

That's Mark Teixeira, the slugging first baseman and Scott Boras client who was being pursued on both coasts before the Angels publicly pulled their eight-year, $160 million offer from the table over the weekend. The Yankees swooped in on Tuesday, agreeing to an eight-year, $180 million deal with Teixeira.

Fuentes could now become a top priority for the Angels. The team has been looking at internal and external options to replace departed free agent Francisco Rodriguez, who received a three-year, $37 million contract from the Mets at the Winter Meetings.

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The Cardinals, Brewers and perhaps the Tigers have shown interest in Fuentes, though only the Cardinals have acknowledged making an offer. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin wouldn't say whether his club had formally submitted an offer, but did say during the Winter Meetings that agent Rick Thurman was making it clear that Fuentes was seeking a three-year contract.

Fuentes, 33, saved 115 games during his tenure with the Rockies, including 111 saves in the last four seasons. He notched 30 saves with a career-best 2.73 ERA in 2008.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.