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Report: Athletics pushing to sign free agent reliever Brian Fuentes

Jan 15, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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The Athletics just added Grant Balfour to help strengthen their bullpen yesterday, but it appears that they aren’t done yet. Major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the club is also pushing to sign Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes, 35, posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between the Angels and Twins last season. He held left-handed batters to a .128/.222/.149 batting line in 58 plate appearances last season and hasn’t given up a home run to a left-handed batter since the 2008 season. Fuentes, a California native, qualified as a Type B free agent this winter, but wasn’t offered arbitration by the Twins.

Rosenthal hears that Fuentes will likely command a two-year deal in the range of $12 million. He’s also drawing strong interest from the Blue Jays, who would likely give him an opportunity to win the ninth-inning gig, as opposed to Oakland, where Andrew Bailey is an established and elite closer.

  1. clydeserra - Jan 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Balfour is not on the 40 roster yet, but once he gets there the A’s will have 7 relievers with major league contracts or no options. That only includes one lefty. If this Fuentes thing happens, then the A’s must intend on trading a few relievers for something. I am assuming they could get a bag of balls or two for what they have.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Fuentes is not worth $12 million over 2 years. He may have wanted $12 million, but I doubt that anyone is going to offer him anything close to that number.

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