In August 2011, the Texas Rangers released Arthur Rhodes. Before he signed three days later with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Orioles received word that Rhodes wanted to conclude his career with them.
They weren't interested. At 41, Rhodes got to pitch in his first World Series for the Cardinals, and found no interest in his services last spring.
After a year out of the game, he's interested in coming back, and according to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have worked him out.
Rhodes is now 43, and still lives in Phoenix, Md. He appeared at the Orioles FanFest on Jan.19, looking in good shape, but the odds against a Rhodes comeback are long.
It's been nearly 22 years since Rhodes debuted for the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, and with the retirement of Omar Vizquel, there's no one left in the majors who played there.
Rhodes was a second round pick of the Orioles in 1988, and showed some promise as a starter. In 1996, Davey Johnson moved him into the bullpen with terrific results, and Rhodes never started another big league game.
The left-hander was one of Johnson's favorites, but when the Rangers released him in 2011, the Nationals manager had no interest in him either. And with Washington short of left-handed relievers, they showed no interest in auditioning him this time around.
In his prime, Rhodes was a dynamic reliever. His best season came in 2001 with Seattle when he was 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA. After his second stint with the Mariners, Rhodes was again outstanding as a lefty specialist with a 0.68 ERA in 25 games in Florida.
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