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10/21/1983 (33 y, 3 m, 30 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 6, Overall: 592, Team: Detroit Tigers
$1.1M / 1 Years (2017)
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Fien is no worse than the third option in the Twins bullpen for saves, and given Jared Burton's age (32) and injury history (shoulder surgery in 2011), it wouldn't be entirely surprising if Fien was neck and neck with Burton as Glen Perkins' primary backup. Fien has completely re-invented himself in his two seasons with the Twins, and has done so by relying on very good control of a decent fastball and a very good cutter. There's room for regression in Fien's strand rate, but by and large he's looked rather sustainable in his two seasons of work for the Twins, who hold his rights until after the 2018 season. That may make Fien an attractive trade commodity. As a result, Fien is a good stealth commodity to watch as a possible future closer. Don't overpursue, however. Fien isn't young (30), doesn't throw particularly hard, and gives up a ton of flyballs. He's money in the right situation. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Fien is a potential closer-in-waiting, but isn't worth rostering unless it's an extremely deep or AL-only league. Keep a close eye on him though, as a trade or injury could thrust him into saves consideration quickly.
Some of the luster wore off Fien in 2014, but considering the Twins signed him as a minor-league free agent, they're still playing with house money. Fien's strikeout rate dropped from 10.6 per nine to 7.2, and a furtive glance at his PITCHf/x profile suggests, well, nothing really changed for him execution-wise. The swinging strike rates on each of his pitches remained relatively stable, but the strikeout percentage dropped across the board -- in most cases precipitously. Essentially, it looks as though Fien's stuff remained the same, but he wasn't catching hitters looking as often. If 2014 remains his true-talent level as a reliever, he'll be an asset. But then he's more "the new Jared Burton" rather than "stealth closer in waiting." It's still a pretty good spot to be in, considering his history. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Fien is a great fit for Target Field, and the Twins still control him rather cheaply for the time being. He is probably the number two option for saves, and worth watching considering Glen Perkins' injury problems last September. Fien was also eighth in holds across the MLB, so there's some value here in those sorts of leagues.
It looked like the beginning of the end for Fien in 2015, despite the fact that he still posted a respectable ERA (3.55, down from 3.98 the year before). His control was again precise, but he lost virtually all ability to strike anyone out, as his strikeouts per nine continued their three-year plummet (10.6->7.3->5.8). Now 32, the odds of him rebounding to anywhere near his 2013 dominance are rather slim, but the Twins would settle for something near his 2014. The right-hander battled shoulder woes in 2015, so it's not out of the realm of possible that it severely hampered how good he was. From a rates standpoint, he looked a lot better in August and September (23 strikeouts, five walks in 30 innings). (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Even if Fien returns to form, he's no longer the stealth saves candidate behind Glen Perkins. That title falls to either Trevor May or Kevin Jepsen. With a ceiling as a decent middle reliever, Fien is not useful in fantasy.
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Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 3:32 AM ET
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