Tag:Arthur Rhodes
Posted on: December 23, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Report: Rangers get Rhodes

Arthur Rhodes Having had success in the 40-plus lefty reliever market with Darren Oliver, the Rangers are apparently making another run at it with Arthur Rhodes.

Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse reports that Texas has reached a one-year agreement with the 41-year-old, with a vesting option for a second year. Rhodes is coming off a great couple of years in Cincinnati, where he had a 2.41 ERA, and ERA+ of 171 and a 1.043 WHIP. He was an All-Star last season for the first time in his 19-year career.

Rhodes is a Type A free agent, but the Rangers would not lose a draft pick to sign him because the Reds didn't offer him arbitration. He made $2 million each of the past two seasons.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rhodes deal would be worth a total of about $8 million if the second year vests.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Phillies, Reyes part ways

Dennys Reyes The funny thing about the media world we live in today, when we hear of a deal "close" it seems to be done, and it's forgotten. Even the official announcements are old news. But there is a reason teams wait until everything is official to announce deals.

Apparently, the Phillies' deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes is one of those cases. CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury tweets the deal is off and the two sides have "parted ways."

That leaves the Phillies with a need in the bullpen for a left-hander and Reyes looking for a bullpen to sit in.

Reyes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012 with Philadelphia.

Known as "Big Sweat", Reyes will be 34 in April and has pitched for 10 different teams since making his debut in 1997. A solid lefty specialist, Reyes was 3-1 with a  3.55 ERA in 59 appearances for the Cardinals last season. However, he was better against right-handers last season than left-handers. Righties hit .177/.288/.194 against Reyes last season, while lefties hit .307/.409/.453. That's an anomaly from his career numbers of .238/.332/.337 vs. LHB and .279/.374/.427 vs. RHB.

With Reyes not in the fold, the Phillies could turn to Reds lefty Arthur Rhodes. Rhodes, 41, was a first-time All-Star last season and went 4-4 with a 2.29 ERA for the Reds. He is apparently seeking a two-year deal and the Reds are only offering one. Batters hit just .196/.265/.309 against Rhodes last season, with both left-handed and right-handed batters struggling against him (LHB: .214/.230/.393; RHB .182/.289/.245).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:51 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 3:55 pm
 

All's quiet on the Reds front

After the non-stop action that was Monday at the Winter Meetings, this quote from Reds general manager Walt Jocketty pretty much sums up Day 2:
"Here's the update: nothing," Jocketty said. "We've had zero conversations with agents or clubs today. A couple of phone calls, that's about it."
That comes from MLB.com's Mark Sheldon , who adds the team is optimistic it can re-sign Miguel Cairo and Arthur Rhodes this week.

Maybe the Reds aren't alone, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of action going on today -- I didn't stay too late at the bar last night, so I can't say who are who isn't likely nursing a nasty hangover. That or there's a really good movie on TV and they wanted to check out the end before they got to work. But hey, if you're a Reds employee you have time to wait in line to ride Space Mountain, so there's that, even though assistant general manager Bob Miller is reportedly scared of heights, so he can hold everyone's mouse ears while they go on the ride.

As for the Reds and 2011, Jocketty added, "I think we're at the point where we really like our club."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Reds might keep Rhodes, lose Cabrera


Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnai Enquirer he's hopeful the team can bring back reliever Arthur Rhodes, but was more doubtful about the odds of retaining shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

Cincinnati offered neither player arbitration. Rhodes made $2 million in 2010 and had a big season, while Cabrera made $2.27 million.

"In both cases, we’re interested," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "But as a small-market club, you can’t risk offering them arbitration. They might accept and end up getting a lot more money.

“I talked to Arthur’s agent last night. I’m still hopeful of the getting something done. With Cabrera, there still might be a role. But I think he’s looking for more playing time than we can offer. But we left it open.”

If Cabrera does not return, Paul Janish would be the Reds' full-time starter.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:53 pm
 

Tuesday evening rumor roundup

Well, the first day of the general managers' meetings in Orlando was more eventful than expected. The Braves stole Dan Uggla from the Marlins, the Cardinals re-signed Jake Westbrook and Florida overpaid for John Buck.

There's other talk 'round the meetings and here's a few of the other notes from Tuesday:

• The Marlins are looking at a multi-year deal with right-hander Ricky Nolasco. (Miami Herald )

• Reds general manager Walt Jocketty says he's spoken to the agents for free agents Arthur Rhodes and Miguel Cairo. Asked if the Reds were likely to sign any outside free agents, Jocketty said, "probably not." (Cincinnati Enquirer )

• Jocketty says the Reds are talking to teams about acquiring a leadoff hitter. (MLB.com )

• The agent for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce says his client is open to selling out his arbitration-eligible years in a long-term deal. Bruce is a Super Two player. (MLB.com )

• Free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is drawing interest from the Pirates, Mariners, Rockies, Brewers and Astros. (ESPN.com )

• The Yankees are interested in left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. (Newsday )

• Bill Hall could be an option for the Yankees. (FoxSports.com )

• Chad Tracy, who played for the Marlins and Cubs last season, has signed with Japan's Hiroshima Carp for about $1.3 million. (NPB Tracker )

• Former Red and Mariner Wladimir Balentien has reportedly signed to play in Japan. (NPB Tracker )

• Japan's SoftBank Hawks are working on signing Marcus Thames. (NPB Tracker )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:58 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Hoffman eyeing D-Backs?

Trevor Hoffman Trevor Hoffman has repeatedly said he'd like to find a closer's spot for 2011 and in lieu of that, he could retire.

On Monday, Evan predicted four possible landing spots , and Hoffman must have been reading, as he mentioned Evan's No. 1 possibility -- the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I've known [Arizona general manager Kevin Towers] for such a long time and I figured having a little history there would help," Hoffman told MLB.com's Barry Bloom . "But I don't know. I'm coming off a tough year. I don't know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate."

Hoffman's agent, Rick Thurman, told Bloom he hasn't talked directly with Towers yet, but has discussed relievers with the team. Thurman also represents Brian Fuentes, Arthur Rhodes, Will Ohman, Octavio Dotel and Chan-Ho Park.

"We just kind of glazed over the topic of Trevor," Thurman said. "They're looking for a closer. They need a lot of pitching. They're looking for back end relief help."

UPDATE: Towers tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he hasn't spoken to Hoffman or Thurman, but will certainly listen.

"You'd be nuts if you didn't at least consider somebody like Trevor Hoffman," Towers told Piecoro (via Twitter ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 7:49 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 7:50 pm
 

Rhodes hopes to return to Reds

Arthur Rhodes After two very successful seasons in Cincinnati, Arthur Rhodes is hoping he can return to Cincinnati as a 41-year-old.

"I already told them that I want to come back, that I'd love to come back," Rhodes said after the Reds were eliminated in the NLDS at the hands of a Phillies sweep to MLB.com . "I've had a wonderful time here. I've enjoyed myself. We'll see what happens in the offseason."

Rhodes posted a cumulative 2.41 ERA in 108 1/3 innings over the past two seasons and was recognized with his first selection to the All-Star Game earlier in 2010. He also appeared in 69 games, the most since 2001 while also tacking on 66 games in 2009. Most notable about his 2010 year was a tying of the MLB record of most scoreles appearances with 33. As a result, the lefty marks 2010 among one his best seasons in the game that has spanned 19 seasons and seven teams.

If the Reds opt to move on from Rhodes, he won't find any shortage of teams interested. While he can't punch out batters with the best of them any longer, 50 whiffs in 55 innings in 2010 is more than enough, going along with a scant 18 walks. He may find a bidding war for his services, especially as Rhodes figures to work on one-year deals given his age.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Edmonds' status still in the air

Jim Edmonds The Reds aren't counting out Jim Edmonds yet.

Edmonds, who is dealing with an Achilles injury, will give the team the final word after today's workout in Philadelphia, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes .

If Edmonds can't go, the team will go with rookie Juan Francisco. The Reds sent first baseman Yonder Alonso home.

"[Francisco] can play more positions," manager Dusty Baker said. "If Scotty [Rolen] comes up sore or something, we've got another bona fide third baseman."

Baker said the team would go up until tomorrow's 10 a.m. deadline to set the roster.

However, outfielder Laynce Nix who missed much of the last month of the season with a sprained ankle will be on the roster and will likely start Friday against Roy Oswalt.

"He hits him better than anyone we've got," Baker said.

Nix is 9 for 17 with three doubles and two homers in his career against Oswalt.

The Reds will load up on the left-handers in the bullpen to face the Phillies, with Arthur Rhodes, Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray and Travis Wood available in relief.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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