Arthur Rhodes guaranteed a World Series ring either way

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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.

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.