Arthur Rhodes had one of the best seasons of his career at age 40, posting a 2.29 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings, and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds “have had initial talks” with his agent about a new contract.
Rhodes is an impending free agent, but has said previously that he’d like to remain in Cincinnati and Fay speculates that the two sides will get a new deal worked out prior to his hitting the open market.
Rhodes has been a huge bargain for the Reds, giving them 108 innings of 2.41 ERA pitching during his two-year, $4 million contract and based on performance alone he’d obviously be in line for a sizable raise, but the market for 40-year-old relievers tends to be pretty limited and a similar contract may get a deal done.
Update (5:36 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Orioles are close to an agreement with Cobb. The contract is believed to be at least three years and in the range of $50 million.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to sign with a team soon. He notes that the Orioles are believed to be the favorite for Cobb’s services. Cobb has kept pushing for a multi-year contract rather than settling for a one-year deal.
Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA with a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings for the Rays last season.
If Baltimore is indeed his next destination, Cobb will provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ starting rotation, which currently includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, and Chris Tillman.