MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.
Rhodes hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2011. He made his first All-Star Game in 2010 with the Reds at the age of 40, finishing the season with a 2.29 ERA and a 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. A veteran of 20 seasons, Rhodes pitched for the Orioles, Mariners, Athletics, Indians, Phillies, Marlins, Reds, Rangers, and Cardinals. He finished with a career 4.08 ERA in 1,187 2/3 innings.
In 2011, his final season, Rhodes was traded from the Rangers to the Cardinals in August. Coincidentally, both teams went on to face each other in the World Series, meaning Rhodes would get a World Series ring regardless of who emerged victorious.
Chris Archer’s recent stretch of dominance continued this afternoon, as he tossed a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. It was his second shutout in his past three starts.
This qualified as a “Maddux” for Archer, as he needed just 97 pitches to finish it off. Outdueling Ivan Nova, the 24-year-old right-hander struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that Archer is the first rookie pitcher to throw a shutout against the Yankees in New York since the Orioles’ Arthur Rhodes did it on July 29, 1992.
Archer will finish July at 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA and 22/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings over five starts. Meanwhile, the first-place Rays have a 2.27 ERA this month. It’s no wonder why they are the hottest team in baseball.
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.
According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles turned back the clock by holding workouts for left-hander Arthur Rhodes and infielder Fernando Tatis in recent days. And you thought the Orioles’ offseason has been boring.
Rhodes didn’t pitch in the majors last season and had a 4.64 ERA and 21/11 K/BB ratio over 33 innings between the Rangers and Cardinals in 2011. The 43-year-old was originally drafted by the Orioles in the second round in 1988 and spent his first nine major league seasons with the club. He still lives in Baltimore.
It’s been even longer since Tatis’ last stint in the majors, as the 38-year-old appeared in 41 games with the Mets in 2010 prior to undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Best known as the only player to hit two grand slams in one inning, Tatis had a brief stint with the Orioles back in 2006.
It wouldn’t cost more than a minor league deal to bring either player aboard, so it’s worth a shot. Who knows, maybe Tatis will be the 2013 version of Lew Ford.
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.