Cardinals Sign Brian Fuentes

The Cardinals have signed Brian Fuentes to a minor league contract, the team announced (on Twitter). The Beverly Hills Sports Council client was released by the Athletics earlier this week.

In 25 innings for the Oakland this year Fuentes posted a 6.84 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9. The 36-year-old left-hander is in the second year of a two-year, $10.5MM contract he signed following the 2010 season. If he's called up to St. Louis, the Cardinals will only owe him the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.

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  1. Jeffy25 3 years ago


  2. Basically free…

  3. Catman22 3 years ago

    Fuentes stinks! His ability has been on a downward slide for the past 3 years! He isn’t any better and perhaps worse than other left handed relievers the Cardinals have in AA and AAA! The Cardinals will be making other deals before the deadline for 1-2 quality relievers. Fuentes is cheap, but isn’t the answer to their horrible bullpen situation.

    • JohnOrpheus 3 years ago

      It’s a minor league deal. No risk at all. If he sucks in the minors you just get rid of him and it cost you basically nothing. I agree he isn’t the answer, but he’s basically free.

  4. sam_lammert 3 years ago


  5. Jdobb 3 years ago

    We need Sanchez to get his act togeather and be our 7th inning guy for Boggs and Motte. Garcia IF and yes a big IF get his act togeather we will be fine. Lets hope Burkman can come on strong this second half. Yes a lot if IF but keep in mind we just won the World Series last year. 

  6. I still say sign Greinke. Carps only got maybe 2 years left and Greinke’s gonna be looking long term and were gonna need him.

    • sam_lammert 3 years ago

      would cost way too much

      • how much is way too much? greinke would be cheaper than hamels…keep in mind that this surgery couldnt even help carp (knock on wood) but the cardinals should definatley go for an ace in case the carpenter surgery goes sour

        • sam_lammert 3 years ago

          the cardinals are not going to have as much money to spend this offseason as everyone thinks, it was pointed out by another fan that there is a significant amount of raises coming next year that take up a lot of money that are coming off the books and it brings us down to i think he said around $6 mil, and i personally think grienke is gonna get 15+

    • POISON66 3 years ago

      Greinke re-signed with Milwaukee….

      • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

        and where did you hear this?

      • if he re-signed, this site and many other sites would of reported it already and since they haven’t I’m gonna say no he hasn’t signed or at least he hasn’t yet. More likely he’ll try the free agent market

    • if not Greinke then i say go after Ryan Demptser

      • would giviing philly or milwalkee miller and rosenthal be a bad idea for either greinke or hamels? i think greinke would be cheaper than hamels, their saying hes lookin for a 7 year 25 million/yr deal from phillies

  7. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Fuentes could probably get Darnell McDonald out.. Other than that?

  8. KeithLawSucksInStl 3 years ago

    I remember when the Cards were second in the running for him behind the Angels and some Cards fans were really disappointed. Hopefully he can turn it around & be a useful LOOGY.

  9. *vomit sound*  Fuentes blew a handful of opportunities for Oakland this season.  They’d probably have 5 more wins right now if he didn’t serve up game winning homers in his save situations.  Thanks for nothing, Fuentes.

  10. Jdobb 3 years ago

    I agree 100 percent with you! Plus Zep is starting to come around and Browning looks good. Smart play on Cardinals part. 

  11. sam_lammert 3 years ago

    you’re gonna say all the money coming off the books but you’re not taking into account all the raises people have coming next year in their contracts

  12. California_RedBirds 3 years ago

    If sam was referring to the fact that it would cost too many good prospects to acquire Grienke, than I totally agree with him. Would be absolutely stupid to acquire him and then risk losing him after the season. He would also demand a fatty contract in the offseason and I doubt Stl would want to pay him that. Also, if you really care, go on the bleacher report  and under St. Louis Cardinals archives, read an article from like 6 days ago saying something like “Should cardinals pony up for Grienke” Explains it all

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