David Purcey, Arthur Rhodes Designated For Assignment

DETROIT, MI - JULY 20: Relief pitcher David Purcey #38 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the seventh inning during an MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on July 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Athletics won 7-5. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Two lefty relievers were designated for assignment by their respective teams today, as a couple of contenders hope to liven up their bullpens with some new arms. Earlier this afternoon, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers are designating Arthur Rhodes for assignment, and not longer after that, the Tigers announced on their Twitter feed that they've done the same with David Purcey.

Rhodes, 41, was actually expected to be a core part of the Rangers' bullpen this year after posting a 2.32 ERA in 143 innings over the previous three seasons, but he's finally been showing his age this season. The velocity on his fastball has dropped 2.3 MPH from last season, and he's lost similar speed on both of his secondary pitches as well. It's resulted in a whole lot of home runs and a 5.96 FIP this season, so based on this year's performance Rhodes certainly hasn't warranted a bullpen spot. Some team will presumably pick him up if he's interested, though, given how well he pitched from 2008-2010.

Purcey, 29, has been a well-traveled man this season. He began the season with the Blue Jays, but he got designated for assignment after just five appearances and ended up in Oakland after a trade. Not much more than a month later, the A's traded Purcey to Detroit in exchange for infielder Scott Sizemore. Sizemore, 26, has played a good deal of third base for the A's this season, posting a .243/.333/.389 in 44 games so far. Now Purcey may be on the move again, to possibly his fourth team in just a few months.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker