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10/11/10 4:24 PM ET

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.

Gomes awaiting Reds' decision for future

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have five players who have options in their contracts to return next season. One of them is left fielder Jonny Gomes, who has a $1.75 million club option that can be exercised.

"I'd like to come back," said Gomes, who batted .266 with 18 home runs and set career highs with 86 RBIs and 148 games played.

Gomes, who earned $800,000 this season after he signed just before Spring Training, is prepared for another winter of limbo like last year. The Reds have until two weeks after the World Series to decide on the option but have given Gomes no indications either way.

"Not a thing," Gomes said. "I figure I won't hear anything until the last second."

Worth noting

Former Reds infielder Ron Oester, a member of the 1990 World Series winner, will be the featured speaker at the next installment of the "Baseball Perspectives" series on Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. ET at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

This event is free with full-price museum admission. Museum members are admitted free, but must make a reservation.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.