Rhodes trying to make a comeback
Arthur Rhodes, the 43-year-old left-hander who won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011, has told folks close to him that he has not given up hope of pitching in the Majors again. He is seeking to latch on — it would be via a Minor League deal — with a club this offseason in order to have a chance to win a roster spot out of Spring Training.
Rhodes’ last appearance came during the ’11 World Series. He was not signed last winter despite drawing some interest and therefore didn’t pitch in 2012. Now, he is making one more go at a chance to return to the mound.
The Cardinals have not shown interest in a reunion with Rhodes, and any interest in the lefty (if some does develop) likely won’t come until late in the offseason, when the left-handed relief market is much more barren. Rhodes, a 20-year veteran, holds the Major League record with 215 holds.
Rhodes is represented by the same agency that is looking for landing spots for another couple of lefty relievers — Will Ohman and Justin Hampson. Both are expected to command no better than a Minor League deal. Again, the Cards are looking for much more proven left-handed relievers in their current search to add this offseason.
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