Cards intrigued by availability of Rhodes

Cards intrigued by availability of Rhodes

MILWAUKEE -- A pitcher in whom the Cardinals have held significant interest in recent years may be available soon, and the club is at least not denying interest. Left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes was designated for assignment by the Rangers, meaning Texas has 10 days to release Rhodes, trade him or send him outright to the Minor Leagues.

General manager John Mozeliak declined to characterize his level of interest in Rhodes, citing standing policy not to comment on specific players who might be available. Manager Tony La Russa spoke somewhat cryptically when asked if the Cardinals were intrigued by the possibility of adding the veteran.

"He's been a hell of a pro for a long, long time," La Russa said. "He's got all our respect. Does that sound like intrigued?"

The Cards are currently carrying only one left-handed reliever, the recently acquired Marc Rzepczynski. Asked more broadly if the Cardinals would benefit from adding a second lefty, La Russa again was somewhat opaque.

"I think the fairest thing to say is if there was a way for us to play with 28 guys on the roster, that would really be the answer we're looking for," he said.

If Rhodes were to be traded, he would first have to clear waivers, and that would likely be the biggest problem for St. Louis. Every American League team and every National League team with a worse record than the Cardinals would have a right to put in a claim before the Cards could. If any of those teams claimed him, he could not be traded to St. Louis.