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Brian Fuentes | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (42) / 8/9/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Merced (CA) JC
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 25 (0) / SEA

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Brian Fuentes has announced his retirement from baseball.
Fuentes' numbers have declined the last few years, but ultimately it was wanting to spend more time with his family that led him to hanging up his cleats. "Ultimately, I was just having trouble with the time away from my family," Fuentes, 37, said. "I've been playing baseball for all of their lives, but I'd never been so far away as when I was in St. Louis. I think at one point I went like two months without seeing them. Coming home and being able to put them to bed at night made me realize what I was missing." A 12-year veteran, Fuentes finishes his career with a 3.62 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 204 saves. Wed, Nov 14, 2012 07:24:00 PM

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he doesn't expect Brian Fuentes to return this season.

Fuentes was placed on the restricted list Tuesday in what Matheny said was a family-related move. "A return this season would fall under unlikely," said Matheny. "We haven’t heard anything that would lead us in that direction." Fuentes, who signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals last month, posted a 9.00 ERA over five innings with the club.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 06:20:00 PM

Cardinals placed LHP Brian Fuentes on the restricted list.

Fuentes, who has a 9.00 ERA in five innings with the Cardinals, asked to step away from the team to deal with a personal mater. It's not clear when he might be back.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 02:37:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of LHP Brian Fuentes from Double-A Springfield.

Fuentes signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals earlier this month and tossed three scoreless innings between the organization's Gulf Coast League affiliate and Double-A Springfield. The 36-year-old southpaw really struggled with the A's this season, but the Cardinals are hoping he can be an asset in middle relief.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:37:00 PM

Brian Fuentes has been moved up to Double-A Springfield following a pair of scoreless appearances for the Cardinals' Gulf Coast League club.

Fuentes will pitch Monday for Springfield and will appear in back-to-back games for them before likely being added to the major league roster. He could be ready to join the Cards by next weekend.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 12:25:00 PM

Brian Fuentes threw a scoreless inning Friday with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Fuentes will appear in at least one more game before being moved to Triple-A Memphis. When promoted, the Cardinals will use him in low-pressure situations initially.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 09:36:00 AM

Brian Fuentes could be on track to join the Cardinals' bullpen next weekend in Chicago.

Fuentes will appear in two games for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals starting Friday before moving up to Triple-A Memphis. The Cards will likely ease him back into things by putting him in low-pressure situations initially.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 10:50:00 AM

Brian Fuentes will start for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals Friday and is also scheduled to appear for them on Saturday.

Fuentes has been working out with the club after signing with the Cardinals a week ago and is now ready to appear in some games. Though the Cards haven't put a set timetable on when Fuentes will join them, he seems likely to in a week or so if all goes well.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 09:13:00 AM

Cardinals signed LHP Brian Fuentes to a minor league contract.

Fuentes posted a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings with Oakland prior to his release,. If promoted to the majors, he'll earn a prorated portion of the veteran minimum.
Sat, Jul 14, 2012 02:01:00 PM

Jon Heyman of reports that veteran reliever Brian Fuentes is "likely" to join the Cardinals.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed the club's interest on Friday, so it doesn't come as a big surprise. Fuentes was granted his release by the A's this week after posting a 6.84 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio over 25 innings this season. The 36-year-old southpaw will likely pitch in middle relief.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 10:36:00 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed Friday that he has interest in free agent left-hander Brian Fuentes.

This confirms a report by Jon Heyman of last week. Fuentes recently cleared release waivers after being designated for assignment by the A's earlier this month. The veteran southpaw can sign with another team for a pro-rated portion of the major league minimum. Heyman reported Friday that six teams have interest and Mozeliak expects there to be some resolution this weekend.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 06:04:00 PM

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have no interest in Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes was officially released by the Athletics on Wednesday after being designated for assignment last week. The A's are on the hook for his remaining salary (about $2.5 million and another $250,000 to buy out his 2013 option), but he's now free to sign anywhere at the major league minimum. The 36-year-old left-hander will likely catch on somewhere as a middle reliever or left-handed specialist.
Wed, Jul 11, 2012 03:25:00 PM

Athletics released LHP Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week, which is no surprise given that he's still owed around $3 million for the rest of the season. The 36-year-old left-hander had an ugly 6.84 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio over 25 innings before the A's gave him the boot, but it shouldn't take too long for him to find a new home.
Wed, Jul 11, 2012 01:18:00 PM

The Cardinals are interested in Oakland's Brian Fuentes, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

He'll come cheap. The A's designated Fuentes for assignment last week after receiving no interest on the trade market. The 36-year-old lefty reliever has a 6.84 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 25 innings this season. He is still owed more than $3 million on his contract, including a $500,000 buyout on his $6.5 million club option for next year.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 07:22:00 PM

Athletics designated LHP Brian Fuentes for assignment.

Oakland had been shopping Fuentes but apparently found little interest. The 36-year-old lefty reliever has a 6.84 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 25 innings this season.
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 05:04:00 PM

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