Texas beefing up the bullpen with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara meant other relievers had to go to make room and today the Rangers designated Arthur Rhodes for assignment.
Rhodes is 41 years old, so his lasting this long as an effective pitcher is pretty amazing, but his performance has definitely slipped this season.
After posting a sub-3.00 ERA in 2008, 2009, and 2010 he has a 4.81 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings, serving up six homers while right-handed hitters knocked him around to the tune of a .333 batting average and .633 slugging percentage.
Rhodes remained effective versus left-handed hitters, but his average fastball velocity is down two miles per hour compared to last season and 41-year-old left-handed specialists aren’t exactly in high demand. Plus, he’s still owed about $1.5 million for the remainder of this season, with a $4 million option for 2012 that will obviously be declined.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.