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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  1. Slopeboy 3 years ago

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

  2. DT Flush234 3 years ago

     Your best source for quality Oakland Athletics news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

  3. Jdobb 3 years ago

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

    • corey23 3 years ago

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

      • Jdobb 3 years 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 ago

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

          • 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 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.

  4. melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

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

      • not_brooks 3 years ago

        Only half?

      • BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years 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

  5. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

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

  6. Karkat 3 years ago

    Ben Cherington in 3…. 2…. 1….

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

      • johnsilver 3 years 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 ago

      To get Bobby Valentine fired, like fuentes did geren?

  7. Justin 3 years ago

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

  8. Pete Reiman 3 years ago

    Theres your Lefty Alderson. Grab him on the cheap

  9. not_brooks 3 years 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 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

  10. D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

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

    • melonis_rex 3 years 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 ago

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

    • Scott C. Worden 3 years 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. 

  11. bigpat 3 years ago

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

  12. Jason Champion 3 years ago

    Next on the docket; Grant Balfour.  

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      Could be Blevins too, sort of like a Ziegler deal

    • Iconoclast17 3 years 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.

  13. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

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

  14. Richard Allen 3 years 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.

  15. vtadave 3 years ago

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

    – T. Lincecum

  16. LeGrandOrange4 3 years ago

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

  17. Slopeboy 3 years ago

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

  18. melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

  19. Slopeboy 3 years ago

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

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