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Portrait of Arthur Rhodes

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
20 1187.7 87 70 33 1152 4.08 15.9
Birth Date10-24-1969
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1991 BAL 21 8 8 36.0 36.0 0.0 0 3 0 0 2 0 174 47 35 32 4 69 23 23 0 23 8.00 4.99 6.54 -2.9 -0.3
1992 BAL 22 15 15 94.3 94.3 0.0 7 5 0 0 10 1 394 87 39 38 6 133 38 36 1 77 3.63 3.23 3.49 15.6 1.7
1993 BAL 23 17 17 85.7 85.7 0.0 5 6 0 0 2 0 387 91 62 62 16 169 49 48 1 49 6.51 6.04 6.92 -5.7 -0.6
1994 BAL 24 10 10 52.7 52.7 0.0 3 5 0 0 2 0 238 51 34 34 8 88 30 29 2 47 5.81 5.21 5.88 4.1 0.4
1995 BAL 25 19 9 75.3 44.0 31.3 2 5 0 1 3 0 336 68 53 52 13 121 48 47 0 77 6.21 5.25 5.73 5.7 0.6
1996 BAL 26 28 2 53.0 9.3 43.7 9 1 1 1 0 0 224 48 28 24 6 75 23 20 0 62 4.08 3.68 3.95 12.8 1.2
1997 BAL 27 53 0 95.3 0.0 95.3 10 3 1 5 0 0 378 75 32 32 9 120 26 21 4 102 3.02 3.18 3.50 19.4 2.1
1998 BAL 28 45 0 77.0 0.0 77.0 4 4 4 5 0 0 321 65 30 30 8 103 34 32 1 83 3.51 3.78 3.47 17.5 1.6
1999 BAL 29 43 0 53.0 0.0 53.0 3 4 3 4 0 0 244 43 37 32 9 76 45 39 0 59 5.43 5.73 6.40 -2.4 -0.2
2000 SEA 30 72 0 69.3 0.0 69.3 5 8 0 8 0 0 281 51 34 33 6 79 29 26 0 77 4.28 3.38 3.78 11.6 1.1
2001 SEA 31 71 0 68.0 0.0 68.0 8 0 3 5 0 0 258 46 14 13 5 68 12 12 1 83 1.72 2.19 2.55 17.6 1.8
2002 SEA 32 66 0 69.7 0.0 69.7 10 4 2 5 0 0 257 45 18 18 4 66 13 12 0 81 2.33 2.04 2.85 17.5 1.8
2003 SEA 33 67 0 54.0 0.0 54.0 3 3 3 5 0 0 228 53 25 25 4 77 18 16 1 48 4.17 3.33 4.22 7.6 0.7
2004 OAK 34 37 0 38.7 0.0 38.7 3 3 9 5 0 0 182 46 23 22 9 83 21 17 0 34 5.12 6.05 4.95 4.4 0.4
2005 CLE 35 47 0 43.3 0.0 43.3 3 1 0 3 0 0 175 33 13 10 2 43 12 10 1 43 2.08 2.57 2.84 11.6 1.2
2006 PHI 36 55 0 45.7 0.0 45.7 0 5 4 3 0 0 214 47 27 27 2 69 30 23 2 48 5.32 3.68 3.91 7.3 0.7
2008 FLO 38 25 0 13.3 0.0 13.3 2 0 1 1 0 0 54 11 1 1 0 13 3 1 0 14 0.68 1.68 1.94 4.2 0.4
2008 SEA 38 36 0 22.0 0.0 22.0 2 1 1 3 0 0 92 17 8 7 0 19 13 11 0 26 2.86 2.57 3.30 3.9 0.4
2009 CIN 39 66 0 53.3 0.0 53.3 1 1 0 4 0 0 215 37 16 15 3 56 20 17 1 48 2.53 3.17 3.84 6.7 0.6
2010 CIN 40 69 0 55.0 0.0 55.0 4 4 0 3 0 0 217 38 14 14 4 60 18 18 1 50 2.29 3.27 2.88 7.7 0.8
2011 SLN 41 19 0 8.7 0.0 8.7 0 1 0 4 0 0 33 6 4 4 2 14 3 3 0 6 4.15 5.65 7.48 -2.8 -0.3
2011 TEX 41 32 0 24.3 0.0 24.3 3 3 1 2 0 0 105 28 13 13 6 53 8 7 0 15 4.81 6.02 6.26 -2.1 -0.3
Career900611187.7322.0865.7877033671915007103356053812616545164681611524.083.884.28159.415.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1988 BLU Rk 11 7 35.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ERI A- 5 5 31.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 FRD A+ 7 6 24.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 FRD A+ 13 13 80.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 HAG AA 12 12 72.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 BAL MLB 8 8 36.0 6.54 55 .322 .258 .316 .379 .254 .347 100 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
1991 HAG AA 19 19 106.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 BAL MLB 15 15 94.3 3.49 118 .253 .263 .322 .392 .263 .299 98 15.6 1.7 15.6 1.7
1992 ROC AAA 17 17 101.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BAL MLB 17 17 85.7 6.92 57 .296 .270 .339 .418 .266 .276 102 -5.7 -0.6 -5.7 -0.6
1993 ROC AAA 6 6 26.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 BAL MLB 10 10 52.7 5.88 89 .271 .270 .336 .440 .264 .285 101 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
1994 FRD A+ 1 1 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ROC AAA 15 15 90.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 BAL MLB 19 9 75.3 5.73 87 .269 .275 .344 .429 .267 .278 99 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
1995 ROC AAA 4 4 30.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 BAL MLB 28 2 53.0 3.95 125 .243 .276 .345 .429 .265 .316 97 12.8 1.2 12.8 1.2
1997 BAL MLB 53 0 95.3 3.50 126 .222 .274 .342 .439 .267 .278 95 19.5 1.9 19.4 2.1
1998 BAL MLB 45 0 77.0 3.47 128 .241 .272 .337 .427 .264 .292 95 17.2 1.7 17.5 1.6
1998 ROC AAA 1 1 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BAL MLB 43 0 53.0 6.40 77 .260 .269 .342 .432 .261 .260 98 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
2000 SEA MLB 72 0 69.3 3.78 120 .211 .273 .346 .448 .265 .266 89 11.6 1.1 11.6 1.1
2001 SEA MLB 71 0 68.0 2.55 145 .183 .266 .336 .436 .265 .261 95 18.6 1.8 17.6 1.8
2002 SEA MLB 66 0 69.7 2.85 137 .172 .272 .341 .452 .273 .258 93 17.5 1.8 17.5 1.8
2003 SEA MLB 67 0 54.0 4.22 111 .241 .268 .339 .440 .270 .312 96 7.6 0.7 7.6 0.7
2004 OAK MLB 37 0 38.7 4.95 105 .297 .267 .335 .429 .260 .314 103 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2004 SAC AAA 2 2 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB 47 0 43.3 2.84 139 .198 .260 .326 .414 .259 .265 99 11.6 1.2 11.6 1.2
2005 AKR AA 1 1 1.0 4.61 96 -.002 .266 .340 .395 .265 .000 96 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2006 PHI MLB 55 0 45.7 3.91 118 .260 .270 .341 .448 .271 .344 97 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2008 FLO MLB 25 0 13.3 1.94 157 .192 .273 .344 .447 .276 .297 96 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4
2008 SEA MLB 36 0 22.0 3.30 129 .216 .269 .342 .428 .267 .321 98 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2008 WTN AA 1 1 0.3 3.65 130 .458 .325 .391 .456 .288 1.000 111 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2009 CIN MLB 66 0 53.3 3.84 113 .212 .268 .344 .431 .272 .238 97 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.6
2010 CIN MLB 69 0 55.0 2.88 132 .213 .259 .328 .398 .267 .236 96 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2011 SLN MLB 19 0 8.7 7.48 6 .275 .269 .336 .424 .276 .182 93 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2011 TEX MLB 32 0 24.3 6.26 78 .284 .256 .325 .408 .264 .289 115 -1.9 -0.2 -2.1 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1988 BLU Rk 3 4 0 11 7 35.3 29 15 44 1 0% .000 7.4 3.8 0.3 11.2 1.25 3.31 0.0 0.0
1989 FRD A+ 2 2 0 7 6 24.3 19 19 28 2 0% .000 7.0 7.0 0.7 10.4 1.56 5.19 0.0 0.0
1989 ERI A- 2 0 0 5 5 31.0 13 10 45 1 0% .000 3.8 2.9 0.3 13.1 0.74 1.16 0.0 0.0
1990 HAG AA 3 4 0 12 12 72.3 62 39 60 3 0% .000 7.7 4.9 0.4 7.5 1.40 3.73 0.0 0.0
1990 FRD A+ 4 6 0 13 13 80.7 62 21 103 6 0% .000 6.9 2.3 0.7 11.5 1.03 2.12 0.0 0.0
1991 BAL MLB 0 3 0 8 8 36.0 47 23 23 4 41% .347 11.8 5.8 1.0 5.8 1.94 8.00 -2.9 -0.3
1991 HAG AA 7 4 0 19 19 106.7 73 47 115 2 0% .000 6.2 4.0 0.2 9.7 1.12 2.70 0.0 0.0
1992 BAL MLB 7 5 0 15 15 94.3 87 38 77 6 40% .299 8.3 3.6 0.6 7.3 1.33 3.63 15.6 1.7
1992 ROC AAA 6 6 0 17 17 101.7 84 46 115 7 0% .000 7.4 4.1 0.6 10.2 1.28 3.72 0.0 0.0
1993 BAL MLB 5 6 0 17 17 85.7 91 49 49 16 36% .276 9.6 5.1 1.7 5.1 1.63 6.51 -5.7 -0.6
1993 ROC AAA 1 1 0 6 6 26.7 26 15 33 5 0% .000 8.8 5.1 1.7 11.1 1.54 4.04 0.0 0.0
1994 BAL MLB 3 5 0 10 10 52.7 51 30 47 8 38% .285 8.7 5.1 1.4 8.0 1.54 5.81 4.1 0.4
1994 ROC AAA 7 5 0 15 15 90.3 70 34 86 7 0% .000 7.0 3.4 0.7 8.6 1.15 2.79 0.0 0.0
1994 FRD A+ 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 0 7 0 0% .000 5.4 0.0 0.0 12.6 0.60 0.00 0.0 0.0
1995 BAL MLB 2 5 0 19 9 75.3 68 48 77 13 42% .278 8.1 5.7 1.6 9.2 1.54 6.21 5.7 0.6
1995 ROC AAA 2 1 0 4 4 30.0 27 8 33 2 0% .000 8.1 2.4 0.6 9.9 1.17 2.70 0.0 0.0
1996 BAL MLB 9 1 1 28 2 53.0 48 23 62 6 45% .316 8.2 3.9 1.0 10.5 1.34 4.08 12.8 1.2
1997 BAL MLB 10 3 1 53 0 95.3 75 26 102 9 43% .278 7.1 2.5 0.8 9.6 1.06 3.02 19.4 2.1
1998 BAL MLB 4 4 4 45 0 77.0 65 34 83 8 43% .292 7.6 4.0 0.9 9.7 1.29 3.51 17.5 1.6
1998 ROC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 3 1 1 0 0% .000 13.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 2.00 4.50 0.0 0.0
1999 BAL MLB 3 4 3 43 0 53.0 43 45 59 9 42% .260 7.3 7.6 1.5 10.0 1.66 5.43 -2.4 -0.2
2000 SEA MLB 5 8 0 72 0 69.3 51 29 77 6 49% .266 6.6 3.8 0.8 10.0 1.15 4.28 11.6 1.1
2001 SEA MLB 8 0 3 71 0 68.0 46 12 83 5 53% .261 6.1 1.6 0.7 11.0 0.85 1.72 17.6 1.8
2002 SEA MLB 10 4 2 66 0 69.7 45 13 81 4 53% .258 5.8 1.7 0.5 10.5 0.83 2.33 17.5 1.8
2003 SEA MLB 3 3 3 67 0 54.0 53 18 48 4 47% .312 8.8 3.0 0.7 8.0 1.31 4.17 7.6 0.7
2004 SAC AAA 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 0 1 3 0 0% .000 0.0 4.5 0.0 13.5 0.50 0.00 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 3 3 9 37 0 38.7 46 21 34 9 43% .314 10.7 4.9 2.1 7.9 1.73 5.12 4.4 0.4
2005 AKR AA 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 67% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2005 CLE MLB 3 1 0 47 0 43.3 33 12 43 2 43% .265 6.9 2.5 0.4 8.9 1.04 2.08 11.6 1.2
2006 PHI MLB 0 5 4 55 0 45.7 47 30 48 2 39% .344 9.3 5.9 0.4 9.5 1.69 5.32 7.3 0.7
2008 SEA MLB 2 1 1 36 0 22.0 17 13 26 0 32% .321 7.0 5.3 0.0 10.6 1.36 2.86 3.9 0.4
2008 FLO MLB 2 0 1 25 0 13.3 11 3 14 0 27% .297 7.4 2.0 0.0 9.4 1.05 0.68 4.2 0.4
2008 WTN AA 0 1 0 1 1 0.3 2 1 1 0 50% 1.000 60.0 30.0 0.0 30.0 10.00 30.00 0.5 0.0
2009 CIN MLB 1 1 0 66 0 53.3 37 20 48 3 44% .238 6.2 3.4 0.5 8.1 1.07 2.53 6.7 0.6
2010 CIN MLB 4 4 0 69 0 55.0 38 18 50 4 39% .236 6.2 2.9 0.7 8.2 1.02 2.29 7.7 0.8
2011 TEX MLB 3 3 1 32 0 24.3 28 8 15 6 33% .289 10.4 3.0 2.2 5.5 1.48 4.81 -2.1 -0.3
2011 SLN MLB 0 1 0 19 0 8.7 6 3 6 2 50% .182 6.2 3.1 2.1 6.2 1.04 4.15 -2.8 -0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 549 0.5373 0.4791 0.7605 0.6068 0.3307 0.8547 0.5595 0.2395
2009 845 0.5266 0.4905 0.7826 0.6562 0.3050 0.8767 0.5574 0.2174
2010 881 0.4904 0.4756 0.7613 0.6806 0.2784 0.8673 0.5120 0.2339
2011 527 0.5218 0.4497 0.8608 0.6364 0.2460 0.9143 0.7097 0.1392
Career28020.51640.47590.78630.65050.29060.87650.57220.2122

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-26 2011-03-31 Camp 5 0 Left Wrist Inflammation Tendonitis -
2010-06-09 2010-06-10 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Soreness -
2009-10-01 2009-10-05 DTD 4 4 Left Fracture Big Toe -
2007-04-01 2007-09-30 60-DL 182 161 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2007-03-31
2006-09-09 2006-10-01 DTD 22 20 Left Elbow Strain Flexor Tendon -
2006-09-07 2006-09-09 DTD 2 2 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2005-08-12 2005-09-02 15-DL 21 18 Right Knee Inflammation -
2004-06-28 2004-08-18 15-DL 51 45 Low Back Strain -
2003-07-24 2003-07-28 DTD 4 4 Ankle Sprain -
1998-07-05 1998-08-18 15-DL 44 37 Left Elbow Strain - -
1996-08-06 1996-09-27 15-DL 52 49 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
1996-07-02 1996-08-02 15-DL 31 27 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
1995-08-25 1995-10-02 60-DL 38 34 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 1995-09-08 -
1994-05-02 1994-05-21 15-DL 19 14 Left Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis - -
1993-05-10 1993-08-04 15-DL 86 77 Left Knee Surgery Loose Bodies 1993-05-22 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 TEX $3,900,000
2010 CIN $2,000,000
2009 CIN $2,000,000
2007 SEA $1,000,000
2006 PHI $3,700,000
2005 CLE $3,700,000
2004 OAK $1,800,000
2003 SEA $3,500,000
2002 SEA $3,500,000
2001 SEA $3,250,000
2000 SEA $2,750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$31,100,000
11 yrTotal$31,100,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 y 16 dDan Horwits1 year/$3.9M (2011), plus 2012 option

Details
  • 1 year/$3.9M (2011), plus 2012 option. Signed by Texas as a free agent 1/3/11. 11:$3.9M, 12:$4M option. 2012 option guaranteed if Rhodes has 62 appearances in 2011 and is not on disabled list at end of 2011 season. DFA by Texas 8/2/11. Released 8/8/11. Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 8/12/11. (Cardinals pay pro-rated portion of Major League minimum salary.)
  • 2 years/$4M (2009-10). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/12/08. 09:$2M, 10:$2M.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/15/08 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Florida in trade from Seattle 7/31/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract, $1M in majors). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 60, 65, 70 games. Award bonuses. Contract purchased 4/07.
  • 3 years/$9.2M (2004-06). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/03. 04:$1.8M, 05:$2.6M, 06:$4.8M. $0.8M in performance bonuses. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Oakland 11/04 (Oakland to pay $1M each of 2005 & 2006 salaries). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Pittsburgh 12/04 (Pirates pay portion of 2006 salary). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Cleveland 1/06.
  • 4 years/$13.5M (2000-03). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/00. $1M signing bonus. 00:$2.5M, 01:$3M, 02:$3.5M, 03:$3.5M. Up to $0.5M annually in performance bonuses.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 1988 (2-34).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
11.111.28.94.3out of baseball1.835.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 61)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Hoyt Wilhelm 1967 2.12
2 81 Don McMahon 1974 3.86
3 74 Jeff Fassero 2007 0.00 DNP
4 72 Dutch Leonard 1953 4.70
5 71 Roger Clemens 2007 4.73
6 68 Tim Wakefield 2011 6.40
7 68 Phil Niekro 1983 4.20
8 68 Kenny Rogers 2009 0.00 DNP
9 68 Doug Jones 2001 0.00 DNP
10 66 Early Wynn 1964 0.00 DNP
11 65 John Smoltz 2011 0.00 DNP
12 65 Tom Glavine 2010 0.00 DNP
13 65 Greg Maddux 2010 0.00 DNP
14 65 Randy Johnson 2008 4.50
15 64 David Wells 2007 5.49
16 64 Jamie Moyer 2007 5.33
17 61 John Franco 2005 8.40
18 60 Dennis Martinez 1998 5.24
19 58 Warren Spahn 1965 4.69
20 58 Terry Mulholland 2007 0.00 DNP
21 56 Gaylord Perry 1983 5.22
22 56 Charlie Hough 1992 4.49
23 55 Dennis Eckersley 1999 0.00 DNP
24 54 Connie Marrero 1955 0.00 DNP
25 54 Nolan Ryan 1991 3.02
26 48 Don Sutton 1989 0.00 DNP
27 48 Jim Kaat 1983 4.93
28 47 Tommy John 1987 4.56
29 46 Joe Niekro 1989 0.00 DNP
30 39 Danny Darwin 2000 0.00 DNP
31 32 Steve Carlton 1989 0.00 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Life after 40 has been good to Rhodes. A first-time All-Star in 2010 at 40, the lefty specialist collected a World Series ring with St. Louis at 41. Released by the Rangers in early August, Rhodes was snapped up by the Cardinals four days later for slightly more than $100,000, the minimum salary for the remainder of the year. Over eight postseason appearances, he allowed no hits and only one walk in 2 2/3 innings. Rhodes says he would like to play one more season, but his .245/.344/.528 line against lefties in 2011 is not encouraging.
2011 Rhodes has posted a 2.32 ERA in 142 2/3 innings stretched across his age-38 through age-40 seasons, an impressive accomplishment for a man whose career mark still surpasses four. En route to becoming the fifth 40-plus first-time All-Star in major-league history, he tied a major-league record by making 33 consecutive scoreless appearances, which translated to a total of 30 straight scoreless frames. The ancient lefty suffered from a sore foot and was used sparingly; since he’s never been completely helpless against batters of opposite handedness, he faced more righties than lefties and actually held them to .189/.289/.245 last season, a better line than he had against left-handers (214/.230/.393). Platoon stats vary from year to year due to small samples, so don't expect that to last; Rhodes doesn’t throw as hard or secure as many strikeouts as he once did, and his late-career renaissance owes a sizable debt to good fortune on balls in play. Things could turn ugly at any time.
2010 Good lefty relievers can pitch forever. Just look at the career leaders in games pitched: Jesse Orosco and former Reds Mike Stanton and John Franco hold the top three spots, with Dan Plesac ranking sixth. Rhodes is quite a ways down that list (47th), but he’s 11th all-time in K/9 among pitchers with 1,000 or more innings pitched, which confirms his status as a “good lefty reliever.” In two season since having had his elbow rebuilt via Tommy John surgery, Rhodes has posted a 2.33 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and struck out 8.9 men per nine innings while holding lefties to a .148/.239/.174 line, also holding his own against righties. As long as he doesn’t have to face the Yankees too often, he should remain valuable well into his forties.
2009 Following a disappointing 2006 campaign, Rhodes tore a ligament in his elbow and missed the entire 2007 season, but he returned to the Mariners in mid-April. Before and after being flipped to the Fish at the deadline (for Gaby Hernandez), he did the situational mastery thing that'll keep him in lettuce for years, holding lefties to .157/.253/.200 and allowing no home runs to batters of either persuasion, as he slips into the Fossas career path. The Reds signed him to a two-year deal, making them his sixth organization since 2004.
2007 The Phillies brought Rhodes in to be the primary setup man for Tom Gordon, trading Jason Michaels to get him, and were so committed to that idea that they kept using him in the role long after it was clear he wasn`t filling it. Rhodes`s control deserted him last year. While his walk total doesn`t look too bad, he started more than half the hitters he faced with a ball, which meant hitters could forget the slider and sit dead red. His season was mercifully ended by a strained elbow in September. He`s since filed for free agency.
2006 Despite a knee injury and family issues, Rhodes` season more closely resembled his dominant 2001 and 2002 than his 2004 in Oakland, when he sucker-punched sabermetric arguments against the concept of a "proven closer." Rhodes, though, is a special case: just watch him against the Yankees, a team he hasn`t held scoreless in any of his last eight outings over the past three seasons. The lesson is that when Rhodes is in your bullpen, you need to understand his limitations; the individual Yankees change, but the pitcher`s reaction to them remains the same Despite Rhodes` reputation as one of the top lefties in the game, he`s had a reverse split since 2002.
2005 It sure seemed like a good idea at the time, but Rhodes just didn't turn into that block of late-inning ice that Beane thought he'd get when he gave Arthur Lee a three-year, $9.2 million deal, theoretically to be a Yankee killer. Instead, he seemed to start dissolving in his new surroundings, struggling on the mound and through back trouble that seemed to sap his velocity, before he finally started popping off about people's expectations. Those on the beat will say this says something about how making "non-closers" your closer is a bad idea, but a quick gander at his performance record should remind everyone that Rhodes was struggling in 2003—without getting a full season of save opportunities. Can he get it back in Cleveland? Not to the level that got him that contract, and not when he's counting on a cut fastball to get by, but he should be a better option than Cliff Bartosh.
2003 Rhodes did a little more long relief this year with the bullpen flexing around injuries and call-ups that Piniella didn’t trust, but Rhodes was just as dominating working longer. Rhodes is a dominant pitcher, and he’s got that intimidation stare down. He frequently makes it look as if he’s still warming up while he’s striking out batters. They might not even be standing in the box, for all the good it does them. They should spare themselves the trouble, head back to the dugout, and get some sunflower seeds. Maybe call their accountant, see how the tax return is going. I’m not exaggerating. Rhodes had only eight appearances this year where the opponent scored a run. Not earned run: any run at all. In 31 of his appearances no batter he faced reached base.
2002 Rhodes cooks with 95-octane gas and throws an 85-mph breaking ball that dives on the plate like a Stuka on an infantry column. Rhodes is one of the few relievers who is paid millions and worth every penny. Because right-handed hitters don’t fare well against him, the Mariners might be better served using him in longer, higher-leverage situations. Rhodes pitched more than an inning about as often (11 times) as he was brought in for one out (15 times).
2001 Setting aside the meatball that he served to David Justice in Game 6 of the ALCS, Arthur Rhodes had a pretty good year. However, the effects of a career-high 72 appearances showed, as his ERA was 2.68 before the All-Star break and 6.52 afterwards. Gillick would be wise to go get a true situational left-hander and return Rhodes to the high-leverage, multiple-inning role in which Davey Johnson so splendidly employed him. When Arthur Lee is humming, it doesn’t matter on which side of the plate the batter is standing.
2000 Miller tried to use him as a closer for a few games when Timlin's stuggles were at their peak. Rhodes pitched badly and complained that he preferred to be used in the middle of the game, not the end. He also complained about not getting paid like a closer. The whining about his salary was abated when he signed a four-year, $13 million deal with the Mariners. He’s the best reliever Mt. Piniella has had in quite some time, so this should be interesting. There’s another 1997 in him.
1999 I want to write in this comment that Rhodes is one of the premier left-handed relievers in the game today, a statement which is pretty much true. This is the third season, though, in which he has injured his elbow and missed time, and I have to believe that he's on the brink of a major injury.
1998 Another reliever with a terrific season, but a strained muscle at the end of September made a critical difference in the team’s playoff usage: he could pitch, but only for a couple of batters, and he couldn’t throw his slider. That’s considerably different from his regular season role, when he frequently entered in the fifth or sixth inning and usually finished the inning he entered and then at least one more all of his own.
1997 The starter who never quite worked out has done some impressive work out of the bullpen, jumping out to a 9-0 start in 1996 before being sidelined with shoulder inflammation. He was back at the end of the season, but limited to one-batter situations.
1996  Continued to show flashes of the brilliance that makes you want to keep giving him one more chance. Throws very hard, but has a tendency to aim too much when he gets behind in the count or works from the stretch, with disastrous results. Was tried in relief after being knocked from the rotation, but that really didn't work either. Eventually underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, and won't be ready in the spring.

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2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Neftali Feliz hurt and the Rangers' bullpen in supposed shambles, would it be a good time to take a flier on Cody Eppley?
(jhardman from Apex - The Peak of Good Living)
I get the sense Texas will deal with Arthur Rhodes in the role in the short-term, but keeping an eye on Eppley is probably in your best interests in AL-only leagues. (Marc Normandin)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who closes if Feliz starts?
(johnklein from northeast)
I'm convinced they'd make a trade of some sort to add a right-handed veteran, because I guess I'm more than a little doubtful they'd go old (Arthur Rhodes or Darren Oliver) or young (Derek Holland) from what's effectively a list made up of lefties, at least as far as their best internal options. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I crazy to think that the Twins can put together a darn good bullpen even with losing Crain, Guerrier, Rauch, and Fuentes (assuming they all leave)? I think it's very funny that Twins fans complain that Jose Mijares is inconsistent but also worry that Crain will leave; call for Anthony Slama and Rob Delaney for nearly two years, but now fear the bullpen will be awful when they might get a chance; and don't trust any low-cost options when a guy like Guerrier was originally claimed off waivers. If the Twins can sort through the many options, they could piece together a very effective group. That being said, any established relievers you would recommed for relatively cheap?
(russadams from St. Paul)
You're not crazy, and you can find the next Matt Guerrier. I think Grant Balfour's worth getting, and Arthur Rhodes and Chan Ho Park or even Kevin Gregg are names worth spending seven figures for. Kerry Wood, Dan Wheeler, an NRI for Justin Duchscherer... it's still a buyer's market as far as finding relief help, given the multiplicity of alternatives. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Arthur Rhodes threw 2,852 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Slider (81mph). He also rarely threw a Change (85mph).