Free agent lefty reliever Brian Fuentes has retired from Major League Baseball, according to cbssports.com. The 37-year-old reliever struggled mightily in 2012 between the Oakland A’s and the Cards — for the season, Fuentes went 2-2 with five saves, three holds, three blown saves, and a 7.20 ERA over 32 appearances. Fuentes was expected to bolster the left-handed relief in the Cardinal bullpen when he was signed on July 14th after being released from the A’s. Unfortunately, Fuentes only latest six appearances, allowing five earned runs in five innings pitched for a staggering 9.00 ERA. Just one month after signing with the Cards, Fuentes was placed on the restricted list after asking to leave the team for personal reasons.
For his career, Fuentes saved 204 games while pitching for six teams over 12 years. Fuentes was most successful in Colorado, where he saved 115 games over seven seasons. Fuentes also led the league in saves in 2009 with 48 for the Angels. Fuentes was drafted in the 25th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Mariners.