Cards sign former All-Star reliever to minor league deal

Cards sign former All-Star reliever to minor league deal

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 28: Brian Fuentes #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the MLB Opening Series game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on March 28, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 14 at 2:39 PM

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with reliever Brian Fuentes, the team announced on Saturday.

Fuentes, who was recently released by the Oakland Athletics, will be sent to the minors before any possible call-up with the Cardinals, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The left-hander could add depth to the bullpen which has struggled from the left side this season; Mark Rzepczynski and Barret Browning are currently the only left-handers in the Cardinals bullpen.

Fuentes, a three-time All-Star, is 2-2 with 6.84 ERA and is 5-for-8 in save opportunities in 26 games this season.

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