Just three after days the Oakland Athletics released left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, it appears that the St’ Louis Cardinals have inked him to a minor league deal.
Fuentes, who is one of just six left-handers in baseball history with 200 saves, was designated for assignment on July 3 by the A’s, after posting a 2-2 record with five saves and a 6.84 ERA in Oakland this season. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop teams from showing interest, as it was reported that up to six clubs had expressed some desire in signing the veteran.
The 36-year-old will report to the Cardinals Gulf Coast League affiliate on Monday, and the team expects him to be in minors no more than two weeks.
The Cards and will likely utilize him as a left-handed specialist as this season right-handers are hitting .304/.368/.536 against him, while lefties are hitting .265/.333/.471.
Over his 644 career appearances spanning 12 seasons with five clubs, Fuentes has an ERA of 3.58 while striking out 9.4 every nine innings.
Depending on the amount. This could be a sweet deal for St. Louis.