Arthur Rhodes signed a 2-year, $4M deal with the Reds before the 2009 season. He was coming off an excellent 2008 in which he returned from Tommy John surgery at age 38. Most guys would have called it a career, but Rhodes was back on the bump and getting guys out. But a big part of his success was a flukish 0 HR allowed in 2008.
I was sure we were set up for a letdown, but he has proven me wrong. And not only has he performed very well, he's been extremely consistent. Check it out:
Were it not for some troublesome plantar fasciitis, his 2010 numbers would be even better. Maybe he's been getting a bit hit lucky, particularly given his league average LD rates. But a good defense behind him certainly helps and the FIP isn't exactly anything to complain about. In any event, at $2M a year, the Reds basically got twice as much production as they paid for.Code:G IP K BB HR BABIP ERA FIP 2009 66 53.1 48 20 3 .249 2.53 3.21 2010 68 54.0 48 17 4 .246 2.33 3.28
I have no idea if the Reds plan to bring Rhodes back for 2011. Personally, I tend to be in the quit while you're ahead camp. But I wouldn't be surprised to see Old Man Rhodes mowing 'em down in red this time next year.