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A’s release veteran reliever Brian Fuentes

Jul 11, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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Not surprisingly the A’s couldn’t find a taker for Brian Fuentes and his contract after designating him for assignment last week, so today they released the veteran reliever.

Fuentes was briefly Oakland’s closer this season, stepping into the ninth-inning role when Grant Balfour struggled, but lost that job to rookie Ryan Cook.

He was owed about $2.5 million for the second half and another $250,000 to buy out his 2013 option, so the A’s will eat that money and Fuentes is free to sign elsewhere for a prorated share of the minimum salary (or perhaps even a minor-league deal).

At age 36 he’s no longer late-inning material, but Fuentes could still help some teams as a secondary setup man or middle reliever.

  1. F14TRex.com - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Cards’ll pick him up

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    No surprise considering his overall performance this year, but the team did try to move him, partly in consideration of the financial benefits to the team in doing so, partly out of consideration (with an eye to future free-agent signings) to his veteran status, and partly because he’s a relatively local boy, from Merced.

    The new relievers, guys from the recent trades and from the farm, pretty much all throw harder than Brian and miss more bats. They’ve settled into their roles and overall, the bullpen has performed well lately.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Fuentes did all A’s fans a great service last year, something for which I will forever be greatful: His speaking out led directly to the firing of Moron Bob Geren.

      Thank you, Brian. Thank you.

  3. arrooo - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Mets next stop

    • kranepool - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      just saw a guy who was the spiting image of Fuentes in Grand Central Station asking where for directions to the 7 train

  4. pisano - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He’s a left hander, he’ll hook on with a team soon.

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