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Mets Sign Enormous Relief Pitcher
Posted By Howard Megdal On December 6, 2011 @ 9:11 pm In Business of Baseball,Player moves | Comments Disabled
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.
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 has the deal at $3.5 million: https://twitter.com/#!/Jim_Duquette/status/144236025961648128
 Rauch stands next to Daniel Herrera: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0908/nba.cbk.remember.when.hoops.style/content.1.html
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