Arthur Rhodes officially retires

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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.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.