Arthur Rhodes, who didn’t pitch at all this year after winning the World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, is attempting a comeback at age 43.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Rhodes “has told folks close to him that he has not given up hope of pitching in the majors again” and the left-handed reliever is willing to accept a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Not many 43-year-old pitchers are still MLB-caliber, let alone 43-year-olds who just sat out an entire season, but Rhodes was reasonably effective in 2011 and before that had an ERA under 3.00 in three straight seasons.
According to Langosch the Cardinals aren’t likely to be interested in Rhodes.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.