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Mets sign Jon Rauch

Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 10:38 pm
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The New York Mets have signed potential closer Jon Rauch, confirms Danny Knobler of The deal is pending a physical and is for one year. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the deal is for $3.5 million with performance bonuses. Sherman also notes the Mets expect to sign one more "closer-type" to compete for the job with Rauch. (Update: That's already happened, as the Mets have added Frank Francisco)

The moves keep Bobby Parnell in setup duties, alongside newly acquired Ramon Ramirez.

Rauch, 33, had 11 saves in 16 chances last season for the Blue Jays. He had a 4.85 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 52 innings. The reason the Mets likely wanted another "closer-type" pitcher is because Rauch has never really been able to hold down a closing job for an entire season. He's been the closer for the Nationals, but was dealt midseason to setup for the D-Backs. He was then the Twins' closer, but they traded midseason for Matt Capps and made him the closer. Rauch does have 58 career saves, but he's hardly a lockdown closer.

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Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:12 pm

Mets sign Jon Rauch

Actually, the Mets did the right thing.  The most glaring problem with the team has been their pitching, specifically the bullpen.  They lost a lot of games because of their bullpen.  Francisco, Rauch, and Ramirez are a huge upgrade to what they had last season.  Parnell and Acosta aren't even close to being closers or setup men.  Anyone with a baseball brain would agree.  Everyone else is just a Mets hater or a self-hating Mets fan who unrealistically expects the Mets to land a superstar every year.  Francisco and Rauch should have better numbers pitching in the National League versus pitching against the brutal A.L. East.  Ramirez is a power arm.  These guys should help an average Met starting rotation.

Torres for Pagan is a slight upgrade.  But, Ramirez was the key part of the deal for the Mets.  Pagan's too inconsistent offensively and tends to have inexplicable defensive gaffes.  The Giants will probably use Pagan as a decent 4th outfielder.  Torres should be a bridge for one of the many Mets OF prospects who may be brought up in 2013 or even late 2012.

As for Reyes, Sandy Alderson recently stated that if Reyes didn't have an injury issues, "he (Reyes) would have $100 million (with the Mets)."  But, his injury history and wanting more years on his contract turned off the Mets as well as other teams.  Anyone else notice that Reyes didn't get any hard offers except from the Marlins?  The Marlins were willing to go for broke because they're trying to capitalize on a new stadium, new look, and new name to attract and keep fans.  Reyes doesn't have a no-trade clause, so, the Marlins can trade him before the end of his contract.  Without the Marlins so intent on getting him, Reyes would've probably ended up back with the Mets.

The Mets still need bench and utility guys, which won't cost a ton of money.

They probably won't be in contention next season, but they'll look respectable until they get more financially stable and their minor league prospects become Major League ready.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:06 pm

Mets sign Jon Rauch

so we get reyes off the books and we spend like drunken sailors at first girl who winks at us. Rauch + Francisco is not worth the 60% equivalent of Reyes. I'd rather blow 10 more games in 9th w/ Parnell and have fun watching the first 8th innings w/ Reyes.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:54 pm

Mets sign Jon Rauch

Question:  How are the New York Mets different from the Kansas City Royals?

Answer:  The beers are twice as expensive.

Get used to it Met fan - until this team is sold, you're going to see every has been and never was grace your roster.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:37 pm

Mets sign Jon Rauch

As a Mets fan, this signing falls in the "so what" category. 35 k's in 52 innings with an ERA approaching 5 hardley makes him a "closer type".

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:23 pm

Mets sign Jon Rauch

Woooo!!!! We got Rauch now screw Reyes!

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