Rhodes and Cabrera Not Offered Arbitration

Talk about your non-surprises.

The Cincinnati Reds have declined to offer shortstop Orlando Cabrera and pitcher Arthur Rhodes salary arbitration. Both are free agents though the Reds have shown interest in bringing both back into the fold.

Bringing Rhodes back is likely to occur while OC’s future grows a little hazier as the days go by.

Rhodes was as dominant as any reliever in the first half of the season. He was justifiably rewarded with his first ever All-Star Game selection. The second half was a bit different as a persistent foot injury kept Rhodes availability somewhat limited. With the bevvy of arms within the Reds system, some think Rhodes could go elsewhere if the right deal were to come about. One thing is for sure, the mere presence of Sir Arthur lends more credibility to the pen.

Cabrera’s future with the Reds is cloudy at this stage. There was the potential of the Reds having to pay Cabrera more than the $4 million that he would have received for 2011 had the mutual option gone through from the Reds end. The Reds have been linked to looking for potentially cheaper options and/or sticking with the plan of using Paul Janish as the #1 guy at short.

Depends on what falls the way of Walt.

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