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Brian Fuentes taking over A’s ninth-inning role

May 13, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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Another day, another new closer in MLB.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced late Saturday night that veteran lefty Brian Fuentes will take over as the team’s new ninth-inning man.

Grant Balfour, who is sporting a 4.41 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio through 16 1/3 innings this season, has been demoted back to his old setup role.

“It’s where I feel most comfortable, and I believe I can get the job done,” Fuentes told reporters on Saturday after being informed of Melvin’s decision. “It’s good to know he has that confidence in me.”

The 36-year-old southpaw has posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 14 frames this year.

  1. dondada10 - May 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    2012: The year fantasy owners learned to stop using high picks on closers.

    • Reflex - May 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I always punt saves in fantasy baseball. If somehow I end up with a good closer, they get delt before the season begins. Chances are very high I can pick up a hot setup guy on a team with a shaky closer and end up with a ‘free’ closer off waivers. And if I don’t, oh well, saves is just one stat and by focusing on others I increase my odds of winning those.

  2. runyetirun - May 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Ole!

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