According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, rival executives speculate that Phillies GM Pat Gillick could make a move to add the current and former Seattle left-hander, who also pitched for Philadelphia in 2006.
In 18 2-3 innings, Rhodes, 38, is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 21/8 K/BB ratio, holding left-handed hitters to a .194 average. Olney speculates that Rhodes would likely serve as a second left-hander out of the Philles’ bullpen.
Beerleaguer: Why can’t GMs let go of the past? They love “their boys.” Rhodes and Gillick have crossed paths in three different cities (Baltimore, Seattle, Philadelphia). This move would set a poor precedent, just like Jose Mesa last season. Rhodes has done okay for Seattle, but look at the circumstances. The Mariners are 38-61 (.384). They’re completely out of the running. Here, he’d be thrust into a pennant race in a city that's still trying to forget he ever played here. He stunk at Citizens Bank Park (7.32 ERA). If it happens, does anyone think he'd settle into a comfortable role? What would Charlie Manuel do with him? This isn't Rheal Cormier we're talking about. Rhodes was his set-up man two seasons ago, and late in life, Rhodes has actually been weakest against left-handed batters.