It took Arthur Rhodes two decades in the majors to make it to a World Series and now that the 41-year-old reliever is finally there he’s guaranteed a ring no matter the outcome.
Rhodes, like Bengie Molina last season, has been a member of both World Series participants this year and will be getting some new jewelry either way.
He appeared in 32 games for the Rangers before being released in early August and then signed with the Cardinals, working 19 regular season games and five playoff games for St. Louis.
“You don’t have the longevity he’s had and the success if you’re not something special, and Arthur Rhodes is special,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “Texas knows what they were doing or whatever, but we are just glad he’s with us.”
Overall this year between the regular season and playoffs Rhodes has thrown 35 innings with a 4.37 ERA and 25/12 K/BB ratio. And he turns 42 years old Monday, when the Cardinals and Rangers are scheduled to play Game 5.
Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan adds that Saunders will make $1.5 million upon reaching the majors, with a potential $500,000 in bonuses.
After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.
With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.