General manager John Mozeliak acknowledged that a deal had been reached on Thursday, and a formal announcement came from the club Friday. The Cardinals optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Triple-A Memphis to make room on the 25-man roster and designated Memphis pitcher Raul Valdes for assignment to make room for Rhodes on its 40-man roster.
Rhodes went 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA for Texas in 2011, but he remained effective against left-handed hitters -- especially away from the Rangers' hitter-friendly home ballpark. He held lefties to a .216 batting average with a .310 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage for Texas. Left-handers are just 3-for-17 against him away from Arlington in 2011.
He adds left-handed depth to a bullpen that has gone with one lefty for quite some time. Rhodes projects as a specialist, which would allow Marc Rzepczynski to be freed from that role a little bit.
"Given our bullpen, I think it will be a nice lift to have that second lefty," Mozeliak said. "So yeah, I think it's an important guy to bring in. We've always had interest in him and just never been able to get a deal. So having him be a part of our bullpen, I think, will make sense and be a help."