Left-hander Brian Fuentes, who pitched 12 seasons for six teams including the A's in 2011-12, told his hometown newspaper that he has decided to retire.

Fuentes, 37, pitched for the A's and Cardinals this past season. The reliever was released by Oakland and appeared in only six games for the Cardinals before asking for a leave of absence because of family issues.

"Ultimately, I was just having trouble with the time away from my family," Fuentes told the Merced Sun-Star. "I've been playing baseball for all of their lives, but I'd never been so far away as when I was in St. Louis."

Fuentes spent most of his career with the Rockies, making the All-Star team in three of his seven years in Colorado from 2002-08.




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