Texas Rangers Release Relief Pitcher Arthur Rhodes
Just a season after earning his first All-Star appearance, Arthur Rhodes has been dumped.
The Texas Rangers cut ties with the 41-year-old left-hander, whom they had signed as a free-agent prior to the start of the season.
He had been 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 32 relief appearances.
He will be replaced on the roster by pitcher Mike Adams.
Prior to his lackluster 2011 season, Rhodes had been one of the best LOOGYs (left-handed, one-out guys) in Major League Baseball, despite his advanced age.
From 2008 to 2010, he went 9-6 with a 2.32 ERA and 182 ERA+ in 196 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds.
He capped it off by making the National League All-Star team in 2010.
Rhodes has been able to come back from mediocre seasons in the past, however his relatively old age might make such an effort difficult now.
After posting a 5.32 ERA in 2006 and missing all of 2007 to Tommy John surgery, Rhodes went 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 2008.
Similarly, after posting a lackluster 5.12 ERA in 2004, he put up a 2.08 mark the following season.
Rhodes began his major league career in 1991 with the Baltimore Orioles and pitched for them until 1999.
He then twirled for the Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Mariners again, Marlins, Reds and Rangers in the subsequent decade.
He is 87-69 with a 4.08 ERA in 881 career appearances.
He ranks second among active pitchers in games played, behind only Mariano Rivera (1,023).
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