Athletics Release Brian Fuentes

The Athletics announced that they released reliever Brian Fuentes. They had designated the left-hander for assignment on July 3rd after a disappointing first half.

In 25 innings for the Athletics this year Fuentes posted a 6.84 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9. The 36-year-old is in the second year of a two-year, $10.5MM contract he signed following the 2010 season. He'll earn $5MM this year, but can now be signed by another team for a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary. The Cardinals showed interest in Fuentes after the A's removed him from their roster.


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39 Comments on "Athletics Release Brian Fuentes"


Slopeboy
3 years 1 month ago

Let Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets!

tdw815
3 years 1 month ago

I second it.

DT Flush234
3 years 1 month ago

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Jdobb
3 years 1 month ago

He will be a Cardinal by the end of the week. They shold at least give him a shot.

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

 I hope for your sake you’re not a card’s fan wanting fuentes… he is not very good. 

Jdobb
3 years 1 month ago

Yes I am a Cards fan. We just really need a second lefty relief and it seams like a lot of guys do well here at the end. Nobody wanted Authur Roydes last year and we ended up giving him a shot and did well. Trust me when I say this Im not saying hes going to do great but hes worth a shot. What do you think?   

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

he gave up 3 run walk off homeruns in back to back appearances…. good luck!

3 years 1 month ago

that just means he’s due for a scoreless inning streak, don’t you know the sabermetrics about “being due”

Scott C. Worden
3 years 1 month ago

He also gave up a huge three-run home run to A-Rod in the 2009 ALCS that changed the whole momentum of the series. If he saves that game, the Angels would have been in good shape to beat the Yankees. C’est la vie. Listen to Corey. Fuentes is horrible.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

one of many exhibits in why multi-year deals to non-elite relievers are bad.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 Half the Orioles fans are now hoping Kevin Gregg is the next to get released.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Only half?

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 1 month ago

The O’s magically pulled Pedro Strop for Mike Gonzalez last year so now they’re hoping someone else bites on a mediocre reliever

101andCounting
3 years 1 month ago

Cubs? They could use another bullpen arm. Shawn Camp can’t do it all by himself. 

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Ben Cherington in 3…. 2…. 1….

3 years 1 month ago

yeah if theres one thing the red sox dont have enough of, it’s filler players

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 BP is actually a strength and leading both leagues since late April. They don’t even have roster space for some. Tazawa is blocked and someone will have to go when Hill comes back. Figures they have depth there and holes most everywhere else.

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

To get Bobby Valentine fired, like fuentes did geren?

Justin
3 years 1 month ago

Now the cards can get him cheap and don’t have to foe up anybody for him now

Jdobb
3 years 1 month ago

Agree and its worth a shot. 

Pete Reiman
3 years 1 month ago

Theres your Lefty Alderson. Grab him on the cheap

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Awesome. Now we don’t have to listen to the A’s announcers pronounce his last name “FOO-EN-TESS” anymore. It’s pronounced “FWEN-TEZ” guys. Come on…

Scott C. Worden
3 years 1 month ago

It’s almost as bad as when announcers pronounce Mario “MARY-O”. For the love of God, pronounce it like it was meant to be pronounced. lol

D.j. Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

Ugh why didn’t we trade him to the Cardinals and at least get SOMETHING?

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

because he’s terrible and taking up a roster spot when melvin (intelligently) hadn’t pitched him in weeks.

and nobody was going to give up anything of value for fuentes.

D.j. Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

I’m talking ANYTHING. Just a name. It’s just annoying to have to release him 

Scott C. Worden
3 years 1 month ago

It’s hard to trade worthless goods. I’m an Angels fan. We’re stuck with Vernon Wells for 2.5 more years unless we just release him and pretend that it didn’t happen. 

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

Yankess Sign (anyone with a pulse) to a minor league contract. 

Scott C. Worden
3 years 1 month ago

I wish the Yankees would sign him. 😉

Jason Champion
3 years 1 month ago

Next on the docket; Grant Balfour.  

Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

Could be Blevins too, sort of like a Ziegler deal

Iconoclast17
3 years 1 month ago

Makes sense financially, though I hope the A’s do better than they usually do with their mid-season trades. He’s one of the best set-up men in the business. Colon is cheap and good, so why not keep him, and McCarthy is broken. Nobody is giving up anything for either one.

Next up—Derek Barton. Just cut him and put him out of his misery. I’m pretty sure the RC’s need 1B for a youngster with potential.

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

You know AA is gonna be interested after losing Luis Perez.

Richard Allen
3 years 1 month ago

 I could see him reuniting with the purple pinstripes. They could use any type of pitching, even if it is a rapidly declining Fuentes. They just need more options, and this could be one.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

Wait, what about me?  I even look like one.

– T. Lincecum

LeGrandOrange4
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t look like a girl!!! I was that guy from ‘dazed and confused’! 

Slopeboy
3 years 1 month ago

With Dillon Gee out for the conceivable future, why not get Colon also and score the trifecta!?

melonis_rex
3 years 1 month ago

Colon was signed after Geren got fired. Geren was fired in mid-2011; Colon was signed as a FA after the 2011 season.

Slopeboy
3 years 1 month ago

I meant sign three A’s pitchers in one fell swoop.
Thanks for the information just the same.