CINCINNATI -- About 20 minutes before Tuesday night's deadline, the Reds revealed that they did not offer arbitration to free agents Arthur Rhodes and Orlando Cabrera.
Major League clubs had until 11:59 p.m. ET to make their decisions.
Both players are still able to return to the Reds, but the club would not get any Draft pick compensation if they signed with another team. In recent weeks, both the Reds and Rhodes had a mutual desire for the left-handed reliever to re-sign.
Cincinnati declined a $4 million option on Cabrera earlier this month, but general manager Walt Jocketty had left the door slightly open that a return was possible at a lower price. However, the team is prepared to go with Paul Janish as its regular shortstop.
It was somewhat of a surprise that Rhodes was not given the arbitration offer because as a Type A free agent, he could have brought the Reds a first or second-round Draft pick and a supplemental pick in June as compensation. At the very least, that possibility likely would have prevented another team from trying to sign the 41-year-old Rhodes.
In 2010, Rhodes posted a 2.29 ERA in 69 games -- the most games he's pitched since '01. 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.
As a Type B free agent, Cabrera could have garnered a supplemental Draft pick had he been offered arbitration and signed elsewhere.
Cabrera, 35, batted .263 with four home runs and a .303 on-base percentage in his lone season with the Reds.
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