Multiple outlets are reporting Ruben Amaro Jr.'s affection for Arthur Rhodes. You may recall before Rhodes was an All-Star setup man, notching back-to-back impressive seasons with the Reds (135 G, 2.35 ERA), he was a terrible reliever for the Phillies back in 2006 (55 G, 5.32 ERA). The Antique Rhodes Show will be 41 years old next season and has been extremely successful over the past 3 years since missing the 2007 campaign rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. However, signing him to be the top lefty out of the bullpen would be a mistake. Yes, it's true that Amaro should be combing the free agent bin for a second southpaw to team up with Antonio Bastardo next season, but Rhodes is not the solution. With a ghastly 6.57 ERA at Citizens Bank Park and a 7.32 ERA while pitching at home since 2006, it's simply a recipe for disaster.
(AVG/OPS vs. LH Batters over last 3 seasons)
*Brian Fuentes (.192/.493)
*Joe Beimel (.252/.692)
*Tim Byrdak (.176/.604)
*Scott Downs (.197/.580)
*Randy Choate (.178/.474)
*Pedro Feliciano (.212/.583)
*Dennys Reyes (.234/.626)
*Hisanori Takahashi (.217/.544)
*Hideki Okajima (.207/.574)
Amaro doesn't want to lose a draft pick, so signing Downs seems unlikely. He and Fuentes would both likely be out of the Phillies price range anyway. Reyes, Byrdak, and Okajima could probably be had on the cheap (1 year $1-2M). Takahashi only has 1 year of American ball experience and still wants to be a starting pitcher. Choate is very interesting, and I would love to see him welcomed aboard at the right price (2 years $4.5M).