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Twins acquire Jon Rauch

Posted on: August 28, 2009 3:54 pm

Buoyed by winning five of their past seven games and crawling back into the AL Central race, the Twins acquired pitcher Jon Rauch from Arizona on Friday for a player to be named later.

Rauch, 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and two saves this season, gives manager Ron Gardenhire another option as he maneuvers a threadbare -- and young -- pitching staff. The Twins already this season have used 22 different pitchers, closing in on the club-record 23 they needed in 1989. The Twins have not used 22 pitchers in any season since 1995.

The Twins already this month added starter Carl Pavano in a waiver deal with Cleveland. Their preference would be to add another starter given that starters Kevin Slowey, Glenn Perkins and Francisco Liriano all are on the disabled list. Failing that -- and the Twins reportedly have considered Boston's Brad Penny and the Cubs' Rich Harden from the waiver wires -- Minnesota felt its best option was to beef up its bullpen as much as possible.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 2:08 pm

Twins acquire Jon Rauch

This is  a good move too, Even though i dont thinkit is enough they need SP more but he is a grat BP pitcher

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2009 6:05 pm

Twins acquire Jon Rauch

He has a career ERA of 3.87. He's not that bad.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2009 5:36 pm

Twins acquire Jon Rauch

Dbacks fan here. Have fun with this guy. I am rooting for the Twins, but this was a bad signing. This guy had one good streak this year where he was reliable, but for 80 percent of it he was generally terrible. He presents like he shoudl be a dominating pitcher with his height, stature, and fastball, but more often than not he's getting jacked out there.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2009 5:10 pm

Twins acquire Jon Rauch

As much as I would have liked to see the Twins get a quality starter (Scott Kazmir would have been nice, but it looks like the Angels have that one right now), I'm still glad to see they are trying to gain some pitching help for the stretch run of the season.

Carl Pavano has been good enough to win a couple games so far for Minnesota, and Rauch has the potential to be a good 6th-7th inning reliever.  Living in the Phoenix area, I have had a chance to watch him with the D'backs since they acquired him, and he has been very unpredictable, much like all of the Twins pitchers (with the exception of Nathan, Mijares, and Baker since July), but he is still a very tall pitcher with a decent fastball who could help provide some solid help in the bullpen.

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