Cardinals Rumors: LHP Fuentes on Radar

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Brian Fuentes #57 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning during a MLB baseball game June 19, 2011 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 2-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals are interested in acquiring lefty reliever Brian Fuentes, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Cardinals already boast two left-handers in their bullpen, but the struggles of Marc Rzepczynkski and the novelty Barret Browning's MLB experience may make Fuentes a desirable addition for St Louis. The 36-year-old left-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics last week, owns a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings of work this season.

Once an elite reliever, Fuentes' K/9 rate has declined considerably in recent years, dropping from an average of 9.8 batters per nine from 2001-2010 to just 6.5 per nine the past two years. The sidearm lefty is making $5 million this year and has a 2013 team option worth $6.5 million that includes a $500k buyout.

_________________________________________________________________

Should the Cardinals trade for Brian Fuentes?

_________________________________________________________________

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker