THIS IS NOT A JOKE
The Reds have signed Cincinnati native and Opening Day Legend Karl Rhodes to a minor league deal and non-roster invite. Rhodes last played in the major leagues in the summer of 1995.
Rhodes has been a monster in Japan, albeit a few years ago. In 2001, he had a 55 HR season, tying the single-season mark. “Perhaps the Greatest Gaijin Slugger in Japan History.”
Like every other Reds signee this winter, he is 36 years old (actually 37), and had a bad 2005 (.240/.337/.478/815, compared to his usual 900-1100 OPS over there).
Who knows, he could be a nice surprise. This is more creative and has more upside than the Timo Perez signing.
Or the fact that they also signed Quinten McCracken today.
2005 stats: .237 .312 .298
Jungyard Bong was released to make room for Hatteberg on the 40-man. As for Bong, I’ve never liked him. No big loss there. Unless you count Chris Reitsma.