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Jon Rauch Traded To Diamondbacks

Posted on: July 22, 2008 5:48 pm

According to Baseball Digest Daily, the Diamondbacks acquired reliever Jon Rauch from the Nationals for second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio was ranked sixth among D'Backs prospects heading into the season.  He's hitting .302/.348/.387 in Triple A currently.  He's incredibly fast and plays above-average defense.

The D'Backs get a fine late-inning reliever in Rauch; I thought Jim Bowden would ask for more.  Rauch is signed cheaply through 2010 and has been an above average reliever for several years now.


Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 9:36 am

Jon Rauch Traded To Diamondbacks

So, he's a speedy fan-favorite?  What's his upside?  Scott Podsednik?  Sounds great if you're looking for a late-round flier to round out your fantasy team, but I don't see him being much help to his real team....and I think that's what Bowden should be focused on.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 9:03 pm

Jon Rauch Traded To Diamondbacks

Bonoficio has a genuine possiblilty to become a star. Justin Upton, who runs like the wind, said that Bonofcio makes him look sick on the bases. He comes close to beating out routine ground balls to short. He is an excellent fielder and only 22. The Nats were not going anywhere and Bonoficio was already become a favorite among fans despite  very litle playing time. In the long run, the Nats win this trade. In the short run, the DBacks do.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 6:17 pm

Jon Rauch Traded To Diamondbacks

I think this confirms that Bowden has no clue as to how to run a franchise, no?  Getting a second-tier (no impact) pseudo-prospect for one of the best available relievers on the market - with almost 10 days still remaining until the trade deadline.....come on.

Washington ownership needs to dump this dullard...and soon.

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