Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 11/15/12
Left hander Brian Fuentes has decided to hang up the spikes for good and retire, Sean Lynch of the Merced Sun-Star reports. Fuentes cites family reasons as the main reason for retiring. “Ultimately, I was just having trouble with the time away from my family,” Fuentes 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. Coming home and being able to put them to bed at night made me realize what I was missing.” Fuentes who started the year off with the A's before being released in July, signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals. Fuentes finished the season 2-2 with a 7.20 earned run average and  five saves in 32 appearance. In his career, Fuentes went 26-43 with a 3.62 ERA and 639 strikeouts while logging time with the Mariners, Rockies, Twins, Angels, Athletics and Cardinals. Image to be used under the Creative Common License Agreement.
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