Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/14/12
Left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, a 12-year veteran who led the American League with 48 saves in 2009, announced his retirement. Fuentes, 37, told his hometown newspaper, the Merced Sun-Star, that the decision came down to spending more time with his family. "I think at one point I went like two months without seeing them," he said, according to the Sun-Star. "Coming home and being able to put them to bed at night made me realize what I was missing." Fuentes ended his career with his worst season. He was released by the Oakland Athletics in June after going 2-2 with a 6.84 ERA in 26 appearances, including a 5-for-8 success rate on save opportunities. Fuentes wound up signing with the Cardinals, but he made just six appearances for St. Louis before leaving the team in mid-August due to what was termed a family matter. He never rejoined the team. Fuentes gave up five runs in five innings during his St. Louis stint. Early in his career, Fuentes was a middle reliever for the...
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