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Rauch signs with Toronto

Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:12 pm

RauchThe Blue Jays have bolstered their bullpen by coming to an agreement with Jon Rauch, the team announced Monday.

Rauch will join Octavio Dotel in battling for the closer's job in a year where he will earn $3.5 million with a club option for $3.75 million in 2012.

Rauch, joining his sixth team (seven if you don't count Montreal and Washington as the same team), is coming off a year where he nailed down 21 saves for the Joe Nathan-less Twins, posting a 3.12 ERA and moving to a setup role after the acquisition of Matt Capps. Rauch has long been a quality middle reliever with career numbers of 2.2 walks per nine innings and 7.3 K/9.

With Rauch and Fuentes off the board, the best remaining middle relievers are of the likes of Aaron Heilman and Chad Durbin.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:24 pm

Rauch signs with Toronto

The team has a relatively inexperienced rotation by MLB standards -- lots of promise and talent but not a lot of experience.  This deep bullpen should come in handy in the tough AL East.  There are a number of options at the back end of the pen -- guys who have a dmonstrated history in saving games -- which suggests a bullpen by committee approach is likely.  

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:11 pm

Rauch signs with Toronto

Kudos to AA for bringing in another solid reliever to the Jays pen. There is actually enough solid arms now that someone decent will get pushed out. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out. 
But I will say this, in several posts this off season I've told other posters to wait and be patient until spring training before you get frustrated with missing out on other FA's. Yeah Rauch and Dotel aren't as good as some of the other options out there, but the Jays locked them both up for reasonable 1 year deals, and between the two of them, I think the back end of the bullpen will be just fine. It gives the club some flexibility going forward, and at no long term risk, while shoring up the pen. 
Count me in as an excited Jays fan looking forward to the next few seasons!

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