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Rangers sign reliever Arthur Rhodes to one-year contract

Dec 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

Arthur Rhodes

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.

  1. gt929 - Dec 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    That’s a lot of lefties in the Texas pen now. I believe this signing brings flexibility. Oliver and Rhodes will definitely stay in the pen, but one or two of Kirkman, Holland and Harrison could be shifted to the rotation, and one of those left for long relief. It also makes it easier for righties Ogando or Feliz to become starters. It doesn’t look good for Clay Rapada, though. Of course, it also means that any of those younger lefties will be more available for trade bait.

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