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  • Fuentes Designated for Assignment!

    http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/new...s_oak&c_id=oak QUOTE:
    Inconsistent Fuentes designated for assignment 07/03/12
    OAKLAND -- Following a stretch of inconsistent work, lefty Brian Fuentes is hoping to find more elsewhere after being designated for assignment by the A's on Tuesday.

    The veteran reliever, who celebrated career save No. 200 with Oakland in May, posted a 2.84 ERA over his first 19 appearances this season and subsequently found himself garnering save opportunities, but he went 0-2 with two blown saves and a 19.50 ERA and .452 opponents' batting average over his last seven outings.

    Those numbers, along with a minor right ankle injury, led manager Bob Melvin to limit Fuentes' appearances. Fuentes made only two in his final 18 days, before the A's designated him to make room on the roster for Bartolo Colon, who was reinstated from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    With Fuentes gone, the A's are afforded the chance to showcase younger left-handed relievers Sean Doolittle and Jordan Norberto, along with southpaw Jerry Blevins, and in time, Triple-A hurler Pedro Figueroa.

    "I'm not really that surprised," Fuentes said. "It's just not really a good fit for me right now. It's unfortunate. It wasn't for lack of preparation. I was just pitching inconsistently, and it put Bob and the upper management in a tough situation, because they're trying to develop some guys and they can't wait for me forever. I think it's best for everybody involved. It gives me a chance to go somewhere and pitch.

    "I don't think anything serious mechanically was going on. Just wasn't making quality pitches, falling behind in counts -- typical reasons why guys don't pitch well. I think the lack of work was a part of that, but also, when I did have the opportunities to pitch, I didn't pitch well."

    "We just have some left-handers that are pitching in some more prominent roles now," Melvin said. "We need to look at some other guys and move them up in more prominent roles, and therefore that was the move we had to make."

    If he isn't claimed off waivers, the A's have 10 days to trade Fuentes or release him outright. He had already been considered a trade candidate, so Oakland could potentially still go that route, though his value has diminished. Fuentes, making $5 million as part of a two-year contract this season, had a $6.5 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.

    The 36-year-old has pitched for five teams in his 12-year career and has four All-Star appearances under his belt. His time in Oakland, though remembered by some for his 2010 rift with then-manager Bob Geren over a lack of communication, brought about several pivotal relationships with some of the club's younger pitchers.

    This year, in particular, it was newly named All-Star rookie Ryan Cook who took to Fuentes' guidance.

    "Words don't even describe how I feel about him," Cook said earlier this season. "He's been a big help to me, in helping me prepare, getting myself ready for any role. He's one of the first ones here every day getting his work in. The way he carries himself, just the way he goes about his business, the confidence he exudes and just the sure way to handle yourself in all situations, whether it be good, bad or ugly, it's all something I've taken in."

    Via Twitter on Tuesday, Cook said, "I want to thank Brian Fuentes for the impact he has had on me not only as a player but as a man, all of which he may not even be aware of. Incredible player and even better person."

    Said Andrew Carignan, also on Twitter: "Sad day in the clubhouse seeing [Fuentes] pack up. Couldn't ask for a better veteran for us [youngsters]. Thanks, Tito."

    Fuentes was seen saying goodbye to several of his teammates before departing the clubhouse on Tuesday, and it was their words that brought him comfort, he said.

    "I was shown the right way to do it, and I want to instill that on those guys," he said. "A lot of them have come up and said, 'Thank you,' and that made me feel better than anything."

    "This is a guy who not only gave us contributions on the field, but in some places you don't see in the clubhouse and provided a leadership job for some of the younger guys in the bullpen, how to go about your business the right way," Melvin said.

  • #2
    It's about time! Balfour won't be far behind the pay he's been going too.

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    • #3
      Fuentes is easily the biggest jerk of a ballplayer that I ever met. Getting DFA'd in this case couldn't happen to a more deserving character. Adios Fuentes! Don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out!
      WAR? Prove it!

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      • #4
        The Cardinals picked Fuentes up and he appeared in 2 games for them so far. The Cards still have a chance to make the playoffs and I expected Fuentes to only get signed by a team with no chances. I suppose if Fuentes is a "Lefty Specialist", as the Cards are planning, and only pitches to left handed batters in low pressure situations he might look OK. Right handed batters were really making him look bad. They get a better bead on his side armed delivery!
        http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/tea...ayer_id=150118 http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/81...-brian-fuentes
        Last edited by anna; 07-29-2012, 09:37 AM.

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        • #5
          Fuentes is looking bad with the Cardinals posting a 9:00 ERA.

          http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/tea...ayer_id=150118

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          • #6
            Ha - serves him right. Just a matter of time before he's DFA'd by them.
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            • #7
              Fuentes just walked out on the Cards, who are hoping to get into the playoffs!
              http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/82...estricted-list

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              • #8
                Originally posted by anna View Post
                Fuentes just walked out on the Cards, who are hoping to get into the playoffs!
                http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/82...estricted-list
                I'm sure he's laughing all the way to the bank... Dude made millions by being a sucky pitcher, LOL...
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                • #9
                  I'll always remember B. Fuentes for blowing saves in New York against the Yankees early in 2009, in the Bombers first year in "New Yankee Stadium". He lost a couple of games against them that Spring at a time the Yankees weren't playing particularly well. These Fuentes "Chokes" might have been just what the Yankees needed to help them gain confidence and build momentum that took them all the way to division, league, and World Series titles. Sorry if there are any fans of his out there, but he did a total fold in the clutch and while pitching in front of rabid Yankees fans and he.was totally ineffective. That said it's still very unusual for a player to quit, retire, or be released after September 1 when the rosters have expanded and teams tend to carry even poor performers through the end of the regular season. The Phillies had one guy recently, however, pitcher Nate Robertson. After bouncing around and winding up with the Phillies AAA affiliate in 2010, Robertson was brought up to the Phillies just after September 1. After two or three rocky, relief appearences by Robertson, the Phillies front office had seen enough and let him go only about a week after his first appearence for the team. I can't think of anyone else who has been released that late in the season in about the last 30 years.
                  Actually, 29 years ago, in 1983 Gaylord Perry retired with about two weeks left in the season and at about the same time Amos Otis left the Royals in mid-September (contract dispute).
                  Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-20-2012, 08:21 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah kind of unusual to just walk away - considering if you think about it, so few people on the planet get the chance to pitch on an MLB mound. I doubt Fuentes cares much though, he made his millions. He can go back to being the redneck that he is... Enjoy your retirement and your twinkies, Fuentes!
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