New York Mets Add Jon Rauch to Revamped Bullpen

By Craig Williams

The New York Mets have been busy tonight having added three relief pitchers to the bullpen for 2012.  In addition to the Frank Francisco signing and the trade with the San Francisco Giants that brought over Ramon Ramirez, the New York Mets have also signed RHP Jon Rauch to a one year deal.  The deal is worth $3.5 million plus incentives.  In 2011 Jon Rauch produced a 4.85 ERA/5.26 FIP.  Hideous numbers for sure, but for his career marks in ERA/FIP are 3.82/4.03 so its reasonable to expect a better performance out of Jon Rauch in 2012.  Presumably, Jon Rauch will pitch the eighth inning as Frank Francisco’s set-up man.

I’ve never been the biggest Rauch fan.  I always expect someone as physically imposing as Rauch 6’10” 290 to throw absolute gas (Rauch’s fastball averaged 89.5 mph in 2011) and rack up K’s (7.23/game over his career).  I’m fine with his signing here though.  There is one thing that I’ve preached this offseason in regard to the Mets’ expected bullpen acquisitions – keep it cheap.  Rauch is exactly that and who knows, maybe he’ll return to his solid pre-2011 self.

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