Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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...
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