DENVER, CO - JUNE 14: Brian Fuentes #40 of the Oakland Athletics delivers against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The A's defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Oakland Atletics have released left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
A's release Brian Fuentes, bad numbers but good influence on All-Star Ryan Cook.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 11, 2012
Oakland designated Fuentes for assignment last week to make room for right-hander Bartolo Colon on their roster.
Prior to his release, the A’s were reportedly shopping Fuentes. At least one team, the St. Louis Cardinals, reportedly showed some degree of interest in the 36-year-old.
Oakland signed Fuentes prior to the 2011 season, but the veteran never seemed to settle in with the club. He posted respectable numbers in 2011, an ERA and WHIP of 3.70 and 1.234, but his production went south in a hurry in 2012.
Over his 26 appearances with the A’s this season, Fuentes allowed 19 runs on 30 hits with 10 walks over his 25 innings pitched.
Despite his poor performance with the A’s this season, Fuentes figures to find a home as a left-handed reliever with a career ERA and WHIP of 3.58 and 1.252.
Which team should sign Fuentes?