Yesterday the Athletics agreed to sign Grant Balfour to a two-year deal and today we learned that they're making a push for Brian Fuentes. ESPN's Buster Olney brings us a pair of Oakland-related tidbits..
- Location could definitely work in the A's favor as they look to land Fuentes, Olney tweets. Fuentes, a "[California] guy", was raised in Merced – roughly two hours east of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The left-hander is arguably the best remaining free agent reliever available.
- Oakland's signing of Balfour likely won't be the club's last move of the offseason, Olney writes. The A's are now in search of bullpen depth and a right-handed bat. If Oakland decides not to spend on a lefty reliever like Fuentes they could go with less-expensive options such as Joe Beimel, Tim Byrdak, Dennys Reyes, and Mark Hendrickson. A few notable right-handed relievers remain as well including Chad Durbin and Manny Delcarmen.