The Mets officially announced their signing of right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch today. Here is an excerpt from the Met press release officially announcing the one-year, $3.5 million deal:
Since 2006, Rauch leads all relievers in wins (31) and has appeared in the second-most number of games (434).
He was 3-1 with 21 saves and a 3.12 ERA (20 earned runs/57.2 innings) in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins.
Over his eight-year major league career, Rauch has also played for Chicago (AL), Montreal/Washington and Arizona. He is 39-31 with 58 saves with a 3.82 ERA (221 earned runs/520.2 innings). Righthanded batters have hit .241 against Rauch for his career, while NL East opponents have batted .230.
The 6-11, 290-pound native of Louisville, KY was drafted by the White Sox in the third round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft and is currently the tallest player in major league baseball.
This was a great decision, at least in my mind, to sign a guy like Rauch. He is a bit of a risk because of last year’s sub-par season, but at the extremely low price the Mets got him for, it was well worth it. Rauch’s overall body of work is very solid. Since he really broke into the league as a full-time reliever at 27, he has consistently posted seasons with something like a 5-4 record with a 3.50 or 3.60 ERA. For what the Mets paid for that, they got quite a steal. Relief pitching is arguably the most inconsistent parts of a team. Just look at the Mets five years ago. In 2006, the Mets had the undisputed title of best bullpen in baseball, and in 2007, they had one of the w