Via George King, the Yankees have some interest in the recently released Arthur Rhodes, but only on a minor league contract. The 41-year-old southpaw was cut by the Rangers after they made a pair of trades to improve their bullpen at the deadline. Rhodes has held lefties to a rather mediocre .217/.310/.405 batting line this season, with nearly as many walks (five) and strikeouts (seven). He’s also unusable against righties (.333/.365/.633).
Rhodes started the season a couple of bad outings away from a forced retirement, and that’s basically what happened. There’s nothing wrong with a minor league contract, and hey, maybe they’d catch lightning in a bottle for a few weeks, but there’s little reason to think Rhodes is still an effective reliever.