PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 01: Arthur Rhodes #53 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners during spring training at Peoria Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arthur Rhodes
The Texas Rangers put LHP Arthur Rhodes on release waivers Monday.
Rhodes, 41, was designated for assignment last week to create a roster spot for bullpen pitcher Mike Adams who was picked up in a trade with the Padres.
Last winter the Rangers signed Rhodes to a one-year contract that guaranteed him $1.4 million, plus incentivies, with a $4 million club option for 2012.
Rhodes, a 20-year MLB veteran out of Waco, will be a free agent Wednesday and can sign with any club. He has 881 apperances and trails only the Yankees' Mariano Rivera (1,023) in that category. He spent nine years with the Orioles, four with the Mariners, two with the Reds and about a year each with the A's, Indians, Phillies and Marlins before ending up in Texas.
Red Fever speculated back in June that Rhodes days may be numbered and that his impressive, lengthy career may be drawing to a close as he started to struggle getting out of innings.
Rhodes had Tommy John surgery in 2007, but was able to rebound and be named to the All-Star team for the first time in 2010. For the Rangers, Rhodes had 32 appearances, 15 strikeouts, a 4.81 ERA and a WHIP of 1.48.