Athletics Notes: Fuentes, Relievers, Right-Handed Bat

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.

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