Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Roster move (Rhodes DFA'd) not surprising
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- The Rangers had to make room for newest reliever Mike Adams and were forced to designate Arthur Rhodes for assignment. The club has 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues. (The likely scenario is he clears waivers is released and then possibly signs with another team after that.)
The only reliever the club had on staff that still had options was Yoshinori Tateyama, but he's pitched well and gives the club someone who can pitch multiple innings if needed. Rhodes' role had diminished in recent weeks as he pitched sparingly and mainly in games that weren't that close.
The 41-year-old just wasn't able to duplicate his performance from 2010, when he went to the All-Star Game and was just as good against right-handers as lefties. He was still getting lefties out this season (.216 average), but righties were hitting .333 against him. And because Adams and Koji Uehara, acquired on Saturday, can get lefties out, the Rangers didn't need a situational lefty. It leaves them with Darren Oliver as the only lefty in the pen.
Rhodes was under a one-year contract with a vesting option for $4 million in 2012. But that was based on Rhodes having 62 appearances, which he won't hit.