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Rangers release veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes

Aug 8, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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As expected, Arthur Rhodes passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week and the Rangers have released the 41-year-old reliever.

Rhodes will likely find a new home because he can still be reasonably effective when spotted against left-handed hitters, but none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with the $1.25 million or so he’s still owed for the remainder of the season.

Texas will be on the hook for his entire $3.9 million salary and Rhodes will officially become a free agent Wednesday, meaning he can sign elsewhere for as little as a prorated portion of the minimum salary.

Rhodes showed decreased velocity while posting a 4.81 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings, which along with the Rangers adding a pair of late-inning relievers at the trade deadline led to his departure. However, within the overall mediocrity Rhodes held lefties to a .216 batting average and he posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the previous three seasons.

  1. paperlions - Aug 8, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Well, now I know what LaRussa is doing on his day off.

    • 78mu - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      Lefthanded – check
      Veteran – check
      Cheap – check

      If he can back up Pujols at first he’s in.

  2. mvp43 - Aug 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Hello Milwaukee…

  3. hoopmatch - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    My money (if I was betting anything) is on Cincinnati picking him up.

  4. spudchukar - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Rhodes should get a long look by the Cards. Scrabble is the only lefty. The deciding factor should be dependent on these three factors: 1) Can Sanchez return?, 2) How healthy is Boggs?, and 3) How healthy and how much is left in the tank for Rhodes?

    If the answer to the first two questions is that they both can be expected to contribute favorably in the final 50 games then pass on Rhodes, assuming the Red Birds decide Rhodes is as good as past years. If only Sanchez or Boggs returns the decision is iffy, and complicated by the glut at middle infield. Punto’s health then should be added to the mix. But if Sanchez is finished for the year and Boggs, who has struggled recently, doesn’t improve, then I say pick him up. Unless somebody has another option, and Valdez and his 88 MPH fastball doesn’t do it for me.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    JC Romero is out there now too. What is the world coming to when being devil-handed isn’t enough to secure a bullpen job?

  6. willo3g - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    J.C is DONE just to let you know!

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    I see the Yanks making a run at him.

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