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Cardinals close to a deal with Fuentes

The Cardinals may soon make a move to add to their relief corps, according to Jon Heyman of CBS.

He reports that St. Louis is near a deal with former Athletics, Angels, Twins, Rockies and Mariners reliever.

Fuentes was released by Oakland after putting together a 2-2 record with a 6.83 ERA. He lost his closer job and in the spat that followed was used sparingly for the last month or so. He's not the guy he was a few years back as the closer for the Rockies. But Fuentes had a batting average against in the .230 range and an ERA in the low fours before his June meltdown.

It will be interesting to see what the Birds do to make room for Fuentes.

Reliever Marc Rzepczynski has been terrible all year. But I would be shocked if the Cardinals would part with a promising young lefty. Rookie Barret Browning gave up his first earned run in five career appearances Friday. He has pitched pretty well and doesn't deserve to be shipped out. Maybe, with how crummy the Cardinals have been in the bullpen all year, they'll just keep three lefties. But I doubt it.