Looks like the Orix Buffaloes are giving up on Tuffy Rhodes. General manager Yoshio Murayama told reporters that the team will not be re-submitting any new offers to Rhodes. The club originally set a deadline for later this month, but now that they have signed So Taguchi, Rhodes no longer appears to have a place with the team.
I wonder if Rhodes still wants to play in Japan. Based on how the media has handled this story, it seems like he no longer does. But I'm guessing there's got to be more going on here than what the media is letting out.