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.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.