So ESPN is saying he could close right now! I don't know if I can see it, I was at 20+ games last year and saw him pitch a good amount, but never thought of him as a closer. Is this just smoke or is there merit to what they are saying??
"The Twins have an excellent closer in Glen Perkins, a hometown kid who isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so Fien might be the Twins reliever to target in trade talks. At 30 years old with an average fastball and a nondescript track record, he doesn't look like a closer-in-training, but he certainly pitched like one last year.
His 6.08 K/BB ratio ranked fifth in the majors, just ahead of some guy named Mariano Rivera, and it wasn't just because he was dominating right-handers in a setup role: His K/BB ratio against LHBs was 4.83, better than the mark put up by Jonathan Papelbon, David Robertson and Greg Holland, for instance.
Because Fien leans heavily on a cutter and doesn't have top-shelf velocity, it's easy to write him off as just another generic middle reliever, but pitchers like Rivera and Kenley Jansen should have taught us to not underrate cutter-centric relievers by now. His ability to control the strike zone while getting a lot of swings and misses, against both left-handers and right-handers, makes him an interesting option for a team that is looking for a cheap bullpen upgrade.
The Twins won't give him away, but convincing them to trade a 30-year-old setup man is a better bet than throwing a lot of money at a guy with a bunch of saves on his résumé."
By David Cameron