Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes worked out in front of Orioles officials last week at Camden Yards with the hope of scoring an invitation to big league camp. But it’s not going to happen.
Here’s beat writer Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com:
Someone else in the organization described Rhodes’ tryout as a “courtesy.” Rhodes approached the Orioles about it. He wanted to find out whether he had anything left in the tank. The Orioles aren’t going to sign him.
Rhodes did not pitch professionally in 2012 and posted an uninspiring 4.64 ERA in 33 innings between the Rangers and Cardinals in 2011. The 43-year-old may simply hang it up.
The Orioles also gave a tryout last week to Fernando Tatis but probably won’t sign him either.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.