Holy shit, is tomorrow night’s key Jays drama about to be tidily resolved early? It is according to a tweet from Jim Duquette of MLB.com, who suggests that the team he ran during the 2004 season, the New York Mets, are “close” on a one year deal with Jon Rauch.
Rauch can’t exactly accept arbitration from the Jays if he’s already signed on to play for the Mets, so his signing would ensure that the Jays get themselves a compensation pick. And before you go wondering, it makes sense for Rauch, too: the deal he’d get through arbitration with the Jays would be non-guaranteed– he could be cut at some point next spring and the Jays would only be on the hook for about a sixth of his salary– while the Mets will have to pay him the full amount of whatever he signs for regardless of if (or, let’s face it, when) they cut him.
Frankly, if there’s any sort of kernel of truth to this one, and Rauch’s representatives are already out there, looking for deals, it would seem rather likely that he’s not going to accept the Jays offer, eh? Draft picks, baby! Er… draft pick. It wasn’t worthless after all! THANK FUCKING FUCK!
So… there’s that.
RIDICULOUSLY QUICK UPDATE: Now Duquette tweets that it’s a done deal, pending a physical.
Oh shit! They’re gonna find out about his right arm shittiness! Curses! It’ll queer the whole thing!
Still, what a gentleman, that Mr. Rauch. *wink*