Rhodes expresses desire to return to Reds

Rhodes expresses desire to return to Reds

CINCINNATI -- The day after the Reds were eliminated from the postseason by the Phillies, their clubhouse was full of boxes and trash bags Monday as some players emptied their lockers and packed up to go home for the winter.

A Major Leaguer since 1991, 40-year-old Arthur Rhodes has done this exercise a fair share of times. This time next year, Rhodes is hoping he is still with the Reds. With his two-year, $4 million contract expiring, he can be a free agent this winter.

"I already told them that I want to come back, that I'd love to come back," Rhodes said. "I've had a wonderful time here. I've enjoyed myself. We'll see what happens in the offseason."

Rhodes said he didn't get an indication from the Reds if he would be brought back.

It's been a tremendous season for Rhodes, who posted a 2.29 ERA in 69 games -- his most since 2001. That included a stretch where he tied a Major League record with 33 straight scoreless appearances -- over 30 innings. He was also an All-Star for the first time in his 19-season career and considered it one of his best years.

"I can say yeah because of the All-Star Game and playoffs," Rhodes said. "I had a great time. I want to try and repeat it again."

Rhodes spent most of the season bothered by plantar fasciitis -- or a tear of small tissue in his foot -- but doesn't have any plans for surgery. The injury often heals itself over time.

"I'll just rest it. It's not fun, but I dealt with it the whole year," Rhodes said.