The Oakland A’s released veteran reliever Brian Fuentes yesterday, after they designated him for assignment on July 3. The A’s were unable to work out a trade for him given his struggles and the approximate $2.5 million he is still owed for the remainder of this season.
The A’s are now on the hook for most of that salary and any team that signs the left-handed reliever is responsible only for the prorated portion of the major league minimum.
That makes him worthy of a look:
Fuentes did not perform well in 25 innings out of the Oakland bullpen this season. He has pitched to a 6.84 ERA, but was victimized by five home runs. In the last six seasons he had never given up more than six homers so he could simply be suffering from a rare case of gopheritis. Citi Field can certainly cure that.
Before this season Fuentes has been as solid as a rock in seven previous seasons as his 3.58 career ERA would attest. Few relievers have been as consistent as him and he’s averaged 66 appearances pe...