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  1. Royals sign Jon Rauch

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    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 CBSSports.com. 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…

  2. After three years, Pedro Feliciano returns to majors

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano had his contract purchased by the Mets on Friday and is back in the majors for the first time since 2010. After making a whopping 92 appearances with the Mets in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over that winter. He went down the next spring with what…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    At the pool

    My kids started their summer vacation on Friday. Two hours into their first day without school my son told me he was bored. After that, and my extended “you have no reason to be bored, there are kids all over the world who would love to have all of the things and advantages you’ve had”…

  4. Orioles sign reliever Jon Rauch to minor league contract

    Jun 1, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    The Orioles have signed veteran reliever Jon Rauch to a minor league contract, reports Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday. Rauch, 34, was released by the Marlins last month after he posted a 7.56 ERA and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. However, given his lengthy…

  5. Marlins release Jon Rauch

    May 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    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…

  6. Marlins designate Jon Rauch for assignment

    May 18, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    The Marlins signed veteran reliever Jon Rauch to a one-year, $1 million contract over the winter, but he has been designated for assignment after making just 15 appearances with the club. Duane Below has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans to replace him on the active roster. Rauch has really struggled in the early…

  7. Jon Rauch agrees to $1 million deal with Marlins

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    That report about the Marlins being close to a deal with Jose Valverde has been deemed “a typical ploy by Scott Boras,” but Miami has added some veteran bullpen help in the form of Jon Rauch on a one-year contract worth $1 million. Rauch will presumably act as the primary setup man for closer Steve…

  8. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  11. Gio Gonzalez is game’s first to 20 wins this season

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    The National League’s Cy Young favorites both added to their cases Saturday, with the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez beating the Brewers for win No. 20 of the season and the Mets’ R.A. Dickey going eight strong to defeat Miami for his 19th victory. Gonzalez held the Brewers to two runs — both unearned — over seven…

  12. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  13. R.A. Dickey notches 16th win as Mets snap six-game losing streak

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    R.A. Dickey is still very much alive in the conversation for the National League Cy Young award. The knuckleballer tossed seven innings of one-run ball this afternoon at Citi Field as part of a 3-1 win over the Astros. The strong performance helped the Mets snap a six-game losing streak. Dickey actually got the Mets…

  14. Matt Harvey is dominant. Frank Francisco is drunk?

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    The Mets are playing out the string at this point, but at least they’re keeping things interesting. Matt Harvey limited the Reds to one run in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight in the Mets’ 8-4 win on Thursday. He also had a two-run double off Homer Bailey in the contest. Frank Francisco put…

  15. Slumping Mets have little to sell

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Stephen Strasburg made easy work of the Mets lineup on Wednesday, racking up 11 strikeouts while throwing just 94 pitches in seven innings, and the Nationals won 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep in New York. It was the second straight series in which the Mets have been swept. They’re 1-11 since the All-Star break…

  16. Jon Rauch turns car accident into Jeep advertisement

    Jul 8, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch's Jeep

    Reliever Jon Rauch was unhurt after being involved in a two-car accident following the Mets’ loss Sunday. He took to twitter afterwards:

  17. The Mets would like to forget the seventh inning of last night’s game

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    The seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Mets game started with the Cubs holding a 2-0 lead and Jon Rauch on the mound for the Mets. Then the defense went south. David Wright and Lucas Duda each committed three-base errors two plays apart, which led to two Cubs runs. Then, right after the Duda error, Ronny…

  18. Johan Santana strong as Mets hurl another shutout

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    For the third time in a month, the Mets have posted back-to-back shutouts in starts by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana. Santana got the Mets two-thirds of the way there tonight in the 5-0 win over the Orioles, following up Dickey’s one-hitter on Monday with six scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch…

  19. Johan Santana is struggling since his no-hitter

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Did the 134 pitches take a toll? After getting lit up by the Yankees last week, Johan Santana gave up four runs in five-plus innings Thursday versus the Rays in his second start since his no-hitter. The 134 pitches Santana threw in shutting down the Cardinals were a career high for the left-hander, who was…

  20. Mets “fans” really hate Jon Rauch right now

    Jun 11, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Mets pitcher Jon Rauch walks to the dugout during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jon Rauch didn’t have the best game ever yesterday. Indeed, he gave up a walkoff homer to Russell Martin and lost the game.  It happens. It’s rough being a relief pitcher. You win some, you lose some, you save some. But some alleged Mets fans don’t seem to allow for that, and they are filling…

  21. Jon Rauch has tender elbow examined

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    Today hasn’t been a good day for Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch. After giving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Allen Craig in a loss to the Cardinals, Rauch was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to have his right elbow examined. Mets manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New…

  22. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    May 14, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Back-to-back ugly outings over the weekend left Frank Francisco with an 8.56 ERA, which along with three losses and two blown saves overall this season led to speculation that the Mets were considering a closer change. Instead manager Terry Collins said today that he’s sticking with Francisco and the team believes his struggles might stem…

  23. Giancarlo Stanton hits walkoff grand slam versus Mets

    May 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    The Marlins have had some big ninth-inning struggles this season. Today, they turned the tables on the Mets. Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff grand slam as part of a six-run bottom of the ninth as the Marlins topped the Mets 8-4. The game was tied 2-2 entering the ninth when the Mets rallied for two…

  24. Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and was yanked from Sunday’s save opportunity with two outs remaining in the ninth inning, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the struggling right-hander in the closer role. “I just told him yesterday was one of those days, that he’s still the…

  25. The Mets win a weird one

    Apr 21, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Mets Giants Getty

    The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon, but whether anyone actually deserved to win, well, that’s up for debate. The Mets certainly appeared to be in control entering the top of the ninth, as Frank Francisco was handed a 4-1 lead after Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings of one-run ball. However, Francisco was pulled…

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