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Marlins release Jon Rauch

May 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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Jon Rauch passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week and the Marlins released the veteran reliever two months into a one-year, $1 million contract.

Rauch was terrible for Miami, allowing 14 runs in 16.2 innings, but he had a 3.59 ERA with good secondary numbers for the Mets last season and a combined 3.75 ERA from 2009-2012. Despite being 6-foot-10 and looking the part of an overpowering reliever Rauch’s raw stuff hasn’t been late-inning caliber for a while now and at age 34 he might simply be done, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get another look somewhere as a middle reliever.

Miami’s bullpen ranks 10th in the NL with a 4.07 ERA.

  1. mungman69 - May 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    You must know you’re done when Miami releases you.

    • duckthefodgers - May 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Thats what everyone said with Ankiel and Houston.

      • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        Rauch already used his “sign with the Mets” card.

  2. Old Gator - May 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    ….which nicely compliments the worst offense in MLB.

    Rauch is a free man. I would also be surprised if his numbers didn’t improve with whomever he latches on with next.

    • sabatimus - May 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      My thought exactly. If I had to pitch for that joke of a team I’d be so depressed that my performance would be terrible.

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Gator, did you mean “compliment”, or “complement”? Using the wrong word would be very unusual for someone of your erudition.

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Yeah, but less unusual for someone of my age.

  3. jfk69 - May 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Weee willie wilpon ..Your ship has come in. Price wise that is.

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Yeah, but is he even worth the pro-rated minimum?

  4. multiplemiggs - May 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    and here come the Mets!

  5. billyboots - May 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    As long as the Twins don’t sign him again. Ugh, worst closer we’ve ever had.

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