Either you go by traditional means like ERA, and he's the best of the three, or you go by tRA/FIP, and he's still better than Papelbon. You can't say he's not a high leverage reliever, otherwise Rivera is nearly in the same boat. This came down to saves, plain and simple. I guess the good news is that this keeps his arbitration costs down.
n Maddon said he felt Fuentes deserved it b/c he's the saves leader
Quick comparison of these two:
It's almost like J.P. Howell is one of the three best relievers in the American League.