The Mets have not ruled out a reunion with righthanded reliever Jon Rauch, writes Marc Carig of Newsday. However, he says, with choices on the pitching market, they believe they can afford to wait.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Rauch was generally very good for the Mets last year. He battled bone chips in his elbow and knee pain seemingly all year long, but he got through all of that and put together a terrific season. He did struggle at first – he was throwing a lot of breaking pitches and falling behind hitters as a result. But after May he got back to a fastball approach and was able to throw more strikes, get ahead of hitters, and be pretty dominant through the end of the season.
Rauch now knows the Mets and has a very good relationship with Sandy Alderson dating back to his Olympic days. In fact, Rauch told me last year his previous relationship with Alderson was a key for him joining the Mets before the 2012 season. With the Mets going with a lot of young internal options for the bullpen in 2013, Rauch’s veteran presence could prove very valuable once again.
Statistics and information on Jon Rauch...
Stats: Rauch went 3-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 73 relief appearances in 2012, having allowed 45 hits and 12 walks while striking out 43 in 57 2/3 innings. He pitched to a 3.08 ERA in 36 second half appearances, allowing just 22 baserunners and holding opponents to a .165 average in 26 1/3 innings.
Contract: Rauch signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Mets during the 2011 Winter Meetings.