In signing an experienced relief pitcher with mostly underwhelming stuff, the Miami Marlins may have effectively dodged a bullet. Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins have signed Jon Rauch to a one-year deal. Jon Rauch is a safer bet than Jose Valverde, whose name being linked to the rebuilding Marlins was a heavily scorned discussion topic on Monday.
Rauch, who stands 6’11″, brings 541 Major League appearances to an otherwise youthful bullpen. While his high 80s/low 90s fastball doesn’t overpower hitters, he found moderate success last season with the Mets working predominately with his fastball and slider. Rauch pitched 57.2 innings in 2012, finishing with a 3.59 ERA, 3.89 FIP, and 4.33 xFIP. The 34-year old right-hander walked just 12 batters and struck out 42.
Rauch could be in the mix to close some games with the Marlins along with de facto incumbent Steve Cishek. Rauch has 62 saves to his credit, but he’s also blown 31 opportunities. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.