The Cardinals have signed free-agent left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes to a minor league contract.
The 36-year-old Fuentes was designated for assignment and later released by the Oakland A's on Thursday after posting a 6.84 ERA in 26 games. He had five saves, including his 200th career save on May 2, and three blown saves.
Fuentes has been of interest to the Cardinals for several years but the two sides were never able to work out a deal. The 12-year big leaguer has 204 career saves and a 3.58 ERA in 644 games.
Since he hasn't pitched in a game in more than two weeks, the four-time All-Star will make a few minor league appearances before joining the big league club.
Fuentes had a 2.84 ERA on May 29 but allowed 13 earned runs in six innings over his final seven games with Oakland. Left-handed batters hit .265 against him this year with four extra-base hits in 34 at-bats.
The left-hander played seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies and made three straight All-Star teams from...