Showing posts with label Jon Rauch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jon Rauch. Show all posts

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Familia, Baxter, Francisco, Mets Trade Front


Mets News and Notes:


Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

On the Trade Front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Only Choice Left?
Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Ramirez, Rauch, Bay, Hairston, Young, Beato, Satin, Quintanilla, Tejada, Cedeno


Mets News and Notes:

Rookie Elvin Ramirez could not limit the damage after Santana departed. Ramirez, making his third major league appearance, walked four and was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets' lone run came with two outs in the ninth inning against ex-teammate Ryota Igarashi.

Jon Rauch rejoined the Mets bullpen after skipping the series in D.C. to allow the inflammation in his "debris"-littered right elbow to calm. He entered with the Mets trailing by nine runs in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame that included one bloop hit. Rauch said he took anti-inflammatory medication while remaining behind in New York. He assigned the root of the issue to bones grating with each other and irritating a nerve. He told reporters surgery will not be necessary.

Jason Bay, scratched from Thursday's lineup because of nausea he blamed on antibiotics being taken for a sinus infection, made his first appearance with the Mets since April 23 in the series opener. Bay started in left field and batted seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Lucas Duda served as the DH.

Scott Hairston, who entered Wednesday's starting lineup after Bay was scratched, started a second straight game against a right-hander over odd-man-out Andres Torres. The current outfield crunch is not as severe as it will be next Friday, when the Mets return to National League play at home against Cincinnati and lose the DH. At that point, Duda could shift to first base and Ike Davis could be vulnerable. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener against the Yankees.

Former hitting coach Howard Johnson (@20Hojo) tweeted about Davis: "Ike's reputation of questioning umpires on every strike is coming back to haunt him...anything close goes against him..."

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mets contract details for Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, here are the precise terms of the contracts relievers Frank Francisco (two years, $12 million) and Jon Rauch (one year, $3.5 million) agreed to in December.

Francisco's contract is slightly backloaded, with $5.5 million owed in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. There are no performance incentives.

Rauch can earned $500,000 in performance bonuses in addition to his $3.5 million salary, all based on games finished.

He gets $50,000 apiece for finishing 30 and 35 games, $75,000 apiece for finishing 40 and 45 games, and $125,000 apiece for finishing 50 and 55 games.

Rauch's highest games-finished total came in 2008, when he had a combined 51 with the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks while tallying 18 saves.

Francisco has been anointed as the closer by Terry Collins.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mets Officially Announce the Jon Rauch Signing


The Mets and right-handed reliever Jon Rauch have officially agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday night.

Rauch, 33, appeared in 53 games with the Blue Jays last season, going 5-4 with 11 saves and a 4.85 ERA. He also struck out 36 batters and pitched at least one inning in 39 of his 53 appearances.

The 6-foot-10 righty will likely set up Frank Francisco, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $12 million deal but have yet to officially announce.


Rauch, an eight-year veteran, is 39-31 with 58 saves and a 3.82 ERA in his career.

Since 2006, Rauch leads all relievers with 31 wins and his 434 appearances during that time are the second-most by a reliever.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Reaction to revamped Bullpen and Angel Pagan's exit to left coast


First off let me tell you that had I stayed up, I would of reported all the Mets moves..So I apologize. Mets Chronicle does not pay the bills, but other things do..

That being said, Sandy Alderson said it best when he did not opt to go after a backup catcher, he wanted use that money to fix the pen and bring in multiple arms and he did. How much quality did Alderson get back?  Well with what monetary units he has to work with, it's almost amazing he got anything done..

The signing of  Frank Francisco was not a surprise , who Steve Popper (of the Bergen record) nailed it and said would be the closer of the Mets as Mets Chronicle posted.. Getting Jon Rauch too was a surprise.. I did not think were going to get both, but it was good to see Sandy and Crew upgrade the pen a bit.. The Mets have some attitude in the back of the bullpen again with Francisco and Rauch..

FRANK FRANCISCO'S STATS

GPGSCGSHOIPHRERHRBBSOWLSVHLDBLSVWHIPERA
2011 Regular Season5400050.2492120718531417241.323.55
Career331000334.02861451383414536818194966211.293.72

JON RAUCH'S STATS

GPGSCGSHOIPHRERHRBBSOWLSVHLDBLSVWHIPERA
2011 Regular Season5300052.05628281114365411451.354.85
Career4681100520.24912362216216041839315880271.253.82
Both off into the sunset


In a classic swap of players coming off disappointing seasons, the Mets dealt outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for Giants Center Fielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez Tuesday night.


All three players were eligible for arbitration and not certain to be tendered contracts by Monday’s deadline. The deal, the structure of which was first reported by Bay Area News Group, is pending a physical and might not become official until later this week.


Torres and Ramirez were hugely productive in 2010 while helping the Giants to the NL West title on their way to the World Series. Torres, in particular, emerged as a fan favorite because of his energy and gallantry, along with his gliding defense in center field. But he struggled mightily with physical and mental issues in 2011 and was no longer seen as an everyday solution.

ANDRES TORRES' STATS

GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2011 Regular Season11234850772414194295196.221.312.330.643
Career41512641973087921271181313256021.244.318.403.721

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mets intensify search for relief help, Frank Francisco is their top target?


Francisco close to being a Met?
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Mets are intensifying their search for relief help. In fact, Martino hears that they could make a deal as soon as tonight.

A high-ranking front office insider identified Frank Francisco as a top target, along with Jon Rauch and Brad Lidge.

The Mets met on Tuesday with Rex Gary, who represents Rauch and Lidge. A person in the room during those talks indicated that neither player was close to signing. “Hard to say,” the source said about Rauch and Lidge’s chances of becoming Mets.

“I’d be surprised if we throw all of our money at one guy,” Alderson said. “Our bullpen is such that we definitely need somebody at the end. We can use more depth in our pen also. I think if we can do it, it probably would be better to be a little bit conservative with our top-end guy and still have some money to provide depth.
Francisco, had 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA for Toronto in 2009. He was also involved in a 2004 incident that involved Francisco throwing a folding chair into he stands during an altercation with fans. He was arrested and sentenced to anger management training.


New York’s bullpen was 28th in the majors last season with a 4.33 ERA. While Bobby Parnell was given a chance to audition for the closer role following the trade of K-Rod, his six blown saves in 12 chances during the second half of the season has caused the Mets to look outside the organization for an alternative.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Rumor Mill: Rauch, Lidge, Bailey, Hudson


Here are some of the late Mets Rumors from last night:
  • Free agent relievers Jon Rauch and Brad Lidge are “strong” on the Mets’ radar, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (on Twitter).
  • The Mets inquired on Andrew Bailey, but they don’t seem to be willing to meet Oakland’s asking price, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter). The Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners and Reds are also interested in the former AL Rookie of the Year. 
  • Though previous Mets administrations liked Orlando Hudson and he’s now “very available,” the Mets aren’t currently interested, according to Sherman (Twitter link). The Padres owe Hudson $5.5MM in 2012 and the team has an $8MM option for 2013 ($2MM buyout).
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