Done Deal! Rhodes Joins Phillies' Pen

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Posted Jan 27, 2006

Arthur Rhodes will serve as the setup man for closer Tom Gordon this season, giving the Phillies a back end of the bullpen that has a combined age of 74. Rhodes passed a physical Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, getting past the only hurdle to complete the deal that sends Jason Michaels to Cleveland.

A deal that at times seemed dead found new life Friday.

The Phillies conducted a physical on 36 year old reliever Arthur Rhodes and all went well. That cleared the way for the Phillies to sign off on a deal to send outfielder Jason Michaels to Cleveland for Rhodes.

Michaels will serve as the replacement for outfielder Coco Crisp, who was dealt to Boston in a seven player deal. That deal was held up when one of the key players - reliever Guillermo Mota - technically passed a physical with Cleveland, but the Indians had concerns about some of the findings and put their deal with Boston on hold. Once that deal got back on track, with the Red Sox adding a player to be named later and cash to the deal, the Phillies and Indians part of the swap fell into place pretty quickly.

Rhodes pitched in 43 games for the Indians last season, going 3-1, 2.08, but he missed most of the last two months of the season because of inflammation in his knee and a family illness.

Rhodes' arrival in Philadelphia means that Ryan Madson, who had been working out of the bullpen, will get a chance at pitching out of the starting rotation. Madson was a starter throughout his minor league career, but has started just one game in the majors for the Phillies.

Michaels' exit means that young Shane Victorino will likely become the Phillies fourth outfielder after his outstanding 2005 season that saw him win MVP honors in the International League.

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