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Cardinals call up A’s castoff Brian Fuentes

Jul 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

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Brian Fuentes is back in the majors two weeks after being released by the A’s, as the Cardinals have called up the veteran left-hander.

Fuentes was designated for assignment by Oakland after posting a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings and predictably no teams were willing to take on his $5 million contract via waivers.

However, once he was available for a prorated share of the minimum salary the Cardinals signed him to a minor-league contract and will give the 36-year-old former closer a look in a middle relief role. At the very least Fuentes still seems capable of being useful in a left-handed specialist role and he was effective enough last season to potentially still be a decent setup man.

  1. salvomania - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Awesome! Someone to fill the Arthur Rhodes role and give the Birds 15 crappy innings over 40 appearances.

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    If you’re a lefty and can throw strikes, you too can pitch in the major leagues.

  3. higgy5353 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Good luck with that piece of trash pitching for you!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Higgy: Thank you for that incredibly pleasant post. It is positive comments such as yours that make me realize how truly lucky we are to live on such a wonderful planet.
      Stay positive fine Sir! Stay positive.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      other teams trash usually turns into the cardinals treasure. just saying.

  4. higgy5353 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Stlouis1baseball: I had to watch him pitch for Oakland so just wait and see. He can’t pitch and he is a club house cancer. Oh ya I’m sorry to talk bad about a Cardinal because Cardinals are so much better then everybody else!

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