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Arthur Rhodes interested in returning to Reds next season

Oct 11, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

Here’s a little news item while we await the start of Game 4 between the Giants and Braves.

Reflecting on a season that resulted in the first All-Star selection of his career and a trip to the postseason, Arthur Rhodes told Mark Sheldon of today that he is interested in returning to the Reds next season.

“I already told them that I want to come back, that I’d love to come
back,” Rhodes said. “I’ve had a wonderful time here. I’ve enjoyed
myself. We’ll see what happens in the offseason.”

Rhodes, who turns 41 later this month, posted a 2.41 ERA in 135 appearances over the length of his two-year, $4 million contract with the Reds. The veteran left-hander tied a major league record with 33 consecutive scoreless appearances earlier this season.

Rhodes projects to be a Type A free agent this winter, but offering arbitration isn’t necessarily a given. Many teams will be unwilling to surrender a first round pick in order to sign a reliever, so there’s always the chance that he could accept arbitration, sticking the Reds with a pretty hefty contract for an aging left-hander who was bothered by plantar fasciitis throughout the 2010 season.

  1. adam - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Type-A and B free agents needs to be revisited. When relief pitchers consume a huge chunk of the Type-A and hitters like Adam Dunn are Type-B there is a serious problem with it.

    10 out of the 33 Type-A free agents are relievers (and 1 SP is Jorge De La Rosa, seriously).

  2. Trevor B - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Wow, good information.

    I agree that most relievers are not type A and Dunn should be Type A. Type A are your race horses and B are your donkeys. Don’t get me wrong, Rhodes is like TOP donkey but let’s face it, he ain’t no race horse. Dunn is by no means the top of the A class, either… he isn’t a great race horse, but he ain’t no donkey either.

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