ARLINGTON, Texas -- Arthur Rhodes was born in Waco and played at La Vega High School. And after 18 years at Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Florida and Cincinnati, the Texas native is coming home.
Rhodes, 41, signed for $3.9 million in 2011 with a $4 million vesting club option for 2012.
"It feels great to be a Ranger right now," said Rhodes, who still lives in Baltimore where he broke into the big leagues in 1991. "It feels good that I can play in front of my family and in the state I grew up in."
Rhodes made 69 appearances in 2010, the most of his career. He had a 2.29 ERA in 55 innings in the Cincinnati bullpen. The veteran gives the Rangers two lefties that can handle the late innings. And both are over 40 (Darren Oliver turned 40 last year).
"They are similar," manager Ron Washington said. "I know what Arthur brings to the table. He has attitude, commitment. It's nice to have two guys down there that have been through the wars. It gives us an opportunity that neither one has to take a big workload. It certainly gives us a peace of mind in the dugout that we have guys that can pitch any situation in the course of a ballgame. It gives us some versatility."