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Cardinals have "some interest" in Brian Fuentes

The Cardinals have "some interest" in lefty reliever Brian Fuentes, according to CBS reporter Jon Heyman.

Oakland designated Fuentes for assignment last week. The former Mariners, Angels Twins and Rockies reliever has a 6.84 ERA so far this season and has been used very sparingly lately.

The soon to be 37 year old has allowed opposing hitters to bat .291 against him this season including a .265 mark by lefty hitters. Hopefully he'd perform better with more regular use. But it's hard to imagine a more favorable situation for a pitcher than working in the cavernous ballpark in Oakland.

The Cardinals certainly could use some bullpen help. The club started the season with lefties JC Romero and Marc Rzepczynski on the roster. Romero was so weak that he was released and Rzepczynski has given up 34 hits in 27 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 5.65. Opposing hitters are batting .296 against him.

Sam Freeman initially replaced Romero as the second bullpen lefty. But he was sent back to the minor leagues with a 6.00 ERA. The Cardinals later called up Class AAA Memphis southpaw Barret Browning who has not yet given up a baserunner in four innings pitched.

This isn't the first time the Cardinals have been interested in picking up Fuentes. The club talked to him about a free agent contract over the 2008-2009 off-season but the southern California native chose instead to sign with the Angels, reportedly for less money.