Baseball's longest-running rumor - Bert Blyleven to the California Angels - was finally laid to rest Thursday when the club got the 37-year-old pitcher from the Minnesota Twins, about 11 years later than originally planned.

For Blyleven and minor league pitcher Kevin Trudeau, the Angels sent Minnesota three fringe prospects - pitcher Mike Cook, who made the Angels' 1987 opening-day roster but spent most of 1988 at triple-A Edmonton; pitcher Rob Wassenaar, who went 2-5 for Class A Quad City at Davenport, Iowa, and infielder Paul Sorrento, who batted .286 for Class A Palm Springs, Calif.