Mets Sign Jon Rauch

The Mets have signed relief pitcher Jon Rauch, pending a physical. Jim Duquette's reporting that the deal is for $3.5 million, including performance bonuses, presumably for one year.

Rauch has bounced around quite a bit over the past few years, but he spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, earning $3.5 million in the process. Toronto held a club option for the 2012 season at $3.75 million but chose to decline it, paying Rauch a $250,000 buyout instead.

After pretty good years in 2009 and 2010, Rauch struggled mightily in 2011, which explains why the Blue Jays decided to seek alternatives in their bullpen. His 4.85 ERA was by far the worst of any single season in his career, but an xFIP of 4.56 suggests that he may have been at least a little bit unlucky in terms of giving up home runs.

On the upside, Rauch is pretty stingy with the free passes. Over the past three seasons, he's walked only 2.55 batters per nine innings, which isn't elite but is still pretty good. It's a lot better than the rates of the Mets' bullpen this year.

Sandy Alderson made it known at the end of the season that one of his top priorities was intelligently improving the bullpen. Rauch may end up closing games for the Mets, but it wouldn't be surprising for the team to sign another reliever or two over the coming days and weeks.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker