Arthur Rhodes and the Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year contract last week, but the deal finally became official yesterday and the monetary details have been revealed.
Rhodes will make $3.9 million this season and the deal also includes a $4 million option for 2012 that vests if he appears in at least 62 games and is not on the disabled list when the season ends.
As if making the All-Star team for the first time at age 40 wasn’t enough, the $3.9 million Rhodes will get in 2011 is more than he’s earned in any season of his 19-year career. And he’s appeared in 61, 66, and 69 games during the past three years, so there’s a decent chance the $4 million option for 2012 will vest.
Rhodes had a 5.32 ERA in 2006 and missed all of 2007 following Tommy John elbow surgery, yet returned at age 38 to post a 2.32 ERA and 138/54 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over the next three seasons. He’ll serve as one of Neftali Feliz’s setup men.
Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since Opening Day of 2009, yet the former Cy Young winner still isn’t certain he’ll be recovered enough from shoulder surgery to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation.
Asked if he’ll be ready for Opening Day, Webb told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com:
I set timetables last year and it was a little bit unrealistic. I sure hope I’m going to be ready full go. To be there Opening Day, that’s my goal for sure. That’s very reachable, but I have to see how things go.
And here’s what general manager Jon Daniels had to say about Webb’s timetable:
We have same goal of Brandon pitching meaningful innings. We’d love for him to be ready by Opening Day, but we’re going to keep our eye on the big picture and on what’s best for him.
Webb’s uncertain status is why his one-year deal with the Rangers is worth “only” $3 million in guaranteed money after he earned $15 million in the past two seasons. He can make an additional $5 million in incentives.
No official details yet on Brandon Webb’s one-year contract with the Rangers, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth around $3 million in guaranteed money plus undisclosed incentives.
Webb earned $6.5 million to make one start in 2009 and then the Diamondbacks picked up his $8.5 million option for 2010 only to get zero innings for their money.
Early in the offseason there were reports of Webb seeking a one-year deal for similar guaranteed money, but clearly after one shoulder surgery and two lost seasons no one was going to commit $7-8 million upfront.
Getting him for $3 million is a worthwhile gamble for the Rangers, who’ll gladly pay whatever incentives are built into the deal if Webb can come anywhere close to the dominant ace from 2003-2008.
UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick says the incentives could push the total value to around $8-10 million.
Texas has agreed to a one-year contract with Arthur Rhodes, according to Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse, who reports that the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 after the veteran left-hander made his first All-Star team this year at age 41.
Rhodes was classified as a Type A free agent, but because the Reds didn’t offer him arbitration the Rangers won’t have to give up a draft pick to sign him.
He had a 2.29 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings for Cincinnati, marking Rhodes’ third straight season with an ERA below 3.00. He held left-handed hitters to a .172 batting average during that three-year span and also allowed right-handers to hit just .232 to show that he’s capable of more than left-handed specialist duties.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the Rangers continue to keep in contact with Vladimir Guerrero’s agent, but don’t appear to be in any rush to nail down what they’ll do about the designated hitter position in 2011.”
Other veteran DH options like Hideki Matsui, Jack Cust, Lance Berkman, and Pat Burrell are off the market, but there’s still no shortage of capable bats looking for one-year deals if the Rangers can’t find common ground with Guerrero.
He’s said to be seeking a two-year contract, but at age 36 the Rangers surely want to avoid a multi-year commitment and Guerrero’s lackluster late-season performance was worrisome following a very strong first half.
General manager Jon Daniels talked about potentially finding a DH who offered “a little bit more flexible roster” than Guerrero, who was exposed badly when spotted in right field during the playoffs.