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Royals sign Jon Rauch

Jan 23, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

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Jon Rauch, who was released by the Marlins and Orioles last season before sitting out the second half, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of

Rauch will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a middle relief gig in Kansas City’s relatively stacked bullpen.

Rauch was terrible for the Marlins last year, but it was only 17 innings and he threw 58 innings with a 3.59 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio for the Mets in 2012. At age 35 he’s nearing the end of the line, but the 6-foot-10 right-hander could be useful and the price is certainly right.

  1. spezzdispenser - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I like him because he’s crazy

  2. karlkolchak - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    If only Rauch’s fastball was as big as his frame, he’d be a potential HOF’er.

  3. sportsdrenched - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I see Dayton is back to the “spaghetti noodle strategy” of roster contruction. Throw as much against a wall as possible, and see what sticks.

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