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  1. Brian Fuentes announces retirement

    Nov 14, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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    Veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes was placed on the restricted list by the Cardinals in mid-August for undisclosed personal reasons and did not return to St. Louis. Now Fuentes is calling it quits for good. According to Sean Lynch of the Merced Sun-Star, the 37-year-old reliever has retired from baseball, officially ending a 12-year major league…

  2. Cardinals sign veteran reliever Brian Fuentes to minor league contract

    Jul 14, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Cardinals just announced that they have signed Fuentes to a minor league contract. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the veteran reliever will report to the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate on Monday and is expected to be in the minors for no more than two weeks. Friday, 10:33 PM: Jon Heyman of…

  3. A’s release veteran reliever Brian Fuentes

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

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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…

  4. A’s designate former closer Brian Fuentes for assignment

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Oakland Athletics

    Three weeks ago Brian Fuentes was Oakland’s closer, but that went terribly before he quickly gave way to rookie Ryan Cook in the role and today the A’s designated Fuentes for assignment. He’s likely to clear waivers because no team wants to take on the remainder of his $5 million salary for this season or…

  5. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EST

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  7. Grant Balfour is “pissed off” about losing the A’s closer’s job

    May 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

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    Brian Fuentes was re-installed as the A’s closer yesterday. He was pleased about it.  Grant Balfour: far less pleased about losing the job: “I told [Bob Melvin] I wasn’t happy about it,” Balfour said. “I was pissed off. It’s fine, whatever. He knows how I feel. I’ll just go on the field and do what…

  8. Brian Fuentes taking over A’s ninth-inning role

    May 13, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

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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…

  9. Grant Balfour wins the A’s closer job

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    Last week Bob Melvin said that the closer battle was between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour.  Melvin announced today that Balfour is his huckleberry. This was really a battle between a Proven Closer and, you know, the better pitcher, with Fuentes being the former and Balfour the latter. Fuentes had problems last year. Balfour was better, throwing 62 innings…

  10. A’s choosing between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour for closer role

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

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    A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed this morning that the closer battle is between left-hander Brian Fuentes and right-hander Grant Balfour. Fuentes has far more closing experience, with 199 career saves and a league-high 48 saves for the Angels in 2009, but struggled when filling in for Andrew Bailey last season and famously quarreled with then-manager…

  11. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  12. Blue Jays “among most serious suitors for” Brian Fuentes

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to nearly a dozen teams this offseason while reportedly holding out for an opportunity to close and according to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday the Blue Jays “rank among the most serious suitors for” the 35-year-old left-hander. Toronto signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week…

  13. Rays interested in Brian Fuentes as their new closer

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to the Red Sox for most of the offseason, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays are interested in signing the veteran southpaw to be their new closer. Fuentes served as a setup man for the Twins down the stretch after coming over in…

  14. Red Sox targeting Twins trio of Fuentes, Crain, and Guerrier

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

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    Apparently general manager Theo Epstein and company really liked Minnesota’s bullpen down the stretch, because Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox “have their sights focused on” Twins free agent relievers Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrier. None would require giving up a draft pick to sign, as Guerrier is the only…

  15. Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

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    Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes. Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make…

  16. Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Hudson, and Crain

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last night was the deadline to offer departing free agents arbitration to receive compensatory draft picks if they sign elsewhere and the Twins did so to Carl Pavano, Orlando Hudson, and Jesse Crain, but chose not to tender arbitration offers to Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, and Brian Fuentes. Pavano and Crain were no-brainers, as they’ll…

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