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Arthur Rhodes is attempting a comeback at age 43

Dec 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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Arthur Rhodes, who didn’t pitch at all this year after winning the World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, is attempting a comeback at age 43.

Jenifer Langosch of reports that Rhodes “has told folks close to him that he has not given up hope of pitching in the majors again” and the left-handed reliever is willing to accept a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not many 43-year-old pitchers are still MLB-caliber, let alone 43-year-olds who just sat out an entire season, but Rhodes was reasonably effective in 2011 and before that had an ERA under 3.00 in three straight seasons.

According to Langosch the Cardinals aren’t likely to be interested in Rhodes.

  1. tuberippin - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    More power to him. Darren Oliver is still kickin’ around up north, who’s to say Rhodes can’t get it done for a few more innings?

  2. albertmn - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    He’s left handed and breathing. Someone will at least give him a Spring Training invite. He just had a season of rest on his arm, so there shouldn’t be any reason he couldn’t be at least a LOOGY (likely for a contending team).

  3. richyballgame - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I see this as being a great potential signing for the Mets, as Collins has stated that he wants a lefty veteran in the pen.

  4. vanmorrissey - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    With the money getting thrown around and all the cable contracts, why not?

  5. mtr3618 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    He is done. Every time he came in to pitch in 2011, I held my breath

  6. badintent - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Broke ? Invested in Lenny D. stock funds ? Great regular season thrower, but in playoffs would get tight and his fastball would flatted out for long balls.

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