Multiple reports tonight have the Mets signing Jon Rauch, pending a physical.
Rauch is an extremely tall relief pitcher, and on an inexpensive one-year deal, the Mets got the kind of price-per-inch steal that will make people jealous throughout the garment district.
Rauch posted a 4.85 ERA in 2011, but that is likely the result of a home run rate that actually quadrupled from 2010. Since his fly ball rate remained pretty static, he’s a solid rebound candidate.
Jim Duquette has the deal at $3.5 million over one year. Rauch is a good bet to get some late outs. A solid signing; they needed relief pitching.
Here’s an artist’s rendering of what it will look like when Rauch stands next to Daniel Herrera.
The Mets now have the league’s tallest and shortest players under team control, having just missed out on Jonathan Broxton, baseball’s heaviest. Hopefully, a trade for 145 pound Michael Martinez of the Phillies is next on the agenda.