Orioles Rumors: Team looking at Arthur Rhodes, Fernando Tatis

Although Arthur Rhodes hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011, the Baltimore Orioles may be inclined to give him a shot.  He has been auditioning for the club and lives in the Baltimore area.  Rhodes had been a successful reliever in his career.  Baltimore is also considering another player who hasn't played in a while.  Fernando Tatis last played in 2010.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun confirmed the team's interest in both players.




Rhodes pitched in the Majors for 20 seasons and is 43 years old.  In his last Major League season with the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Rhodes posted a 4.64 ERA.  In his career, though, Rhodes has a slightly more respectable 4.08 ERA.


Related: Orioles eyeing relievers.


Tatis is possibly the more surprising possibility for the club.  He has not played since 2010 and is now 38 years old.  He has one of the more unique claims to fame.  He once hit two grand slams in the same inning while playing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999.  In his career, Tatis has hit .265/.344/.442.

If the Orioles sign either player it would likely be to a minor league deal and simply to give themselves a back-up plan in case of injuries.

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7 Responses to Orioles Rumors: Team looking at Arthur Rhodes, Fernando Tatis

  1. If Tatis does end up making it back, this will be his third time being out of MLB for at least one season and coming back. Interesting career, to say the least.

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    1. That's an interesting point. Shows his perseverance. But at some point he needs to call it a career.

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  2. Tatis is one of those try anything kinda guys. He showed up a blond one year. I THINK ( correct me if wrong)he was linked to PED's at one point. But with the Mets he proved to be a guy willing to do whatever and play wherever he could help the team. He had matured and served as a real mentor to some of their young players ( though it did little net for the organization) A talented guy, he deserves one more look if the skills are intact.

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    1. I see him as a late in his career Miguel Tejada type player. Someone who can hang around on a minor league contract until his services are needed.

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  3. Tejada had a near HOF bat in his prime, Tatis was never that

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  4. Not only did Tatis hit two grand slams in the same inning (amazing enough right there), but he hit them both off the same pitcher! (You would figure that if you hit a grand slam, and then you come to bat again in the same inning, surely the other team would have switched pitchers at least once by then.)

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    1. Fantastic memory. I forgot that! Guess he was being left in there to be punished for his transgressions ha ha!

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