Cardinals purchase contract of P Fuentes

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of four-time All-Star reliever Brian Fuentes on Wednesday from Double-A Springfield.

Fuentes, 36, began the season with the Oakland Athletics and went 2-2 with five saves and a 6.84 earned run average before being released by the club on July 11.

He signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals on July 15.

Fuentes, a 12-year MLB veteran, is the Colorado Rockies all-time saves leader with 115, and is one of just six left-handed pitchers in major league history to have recorded 200-or-more saves.

He joins John Franco (494), Billy Wagner (422), Randy Myers (347), Dave Righetti (252) and Sparky Lyle (222). His 204 career saves also lead all active lefties.

Over 644 career appearances, Fuentes has a record of 26-43 with a 3.58 ERA.

To make room for Fuentes on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals optioned pitcher Victor Marte to Triple-A Memphis and designated pitcher Chuckie Fick for assignment.