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Twins Acquire Jon Rauch for PTBNL

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Busy night...


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Jon Rauch 2-2 58 0 0 0 2 1 54.1 57 27 25 5 17 35 4.14 1.36

Those numbers look a bit more digestible than Mahay's, right?  To make room on the roster the Twins have outrighted Philip Humber to Rochester, meaning he's been removed from the 40-man roster.  Which is fine, but who else gets removed for Mahay?

In any case, Rauch (a 30-year old right-hander) is trying to regain the form that made him such a useful reliever when he was with the Nationals from '06 - '08.  He's struggled since his move to the Diamondbacks...thus, his availability.

While his strikeout numbers have dipped this season, he continues to do an excellent job of keeping the ball in the park.  His FIP numbers have been consistent over the last few seasons, with this year's 3.98 number a more than acceptable number.

The Rauch pick-up does more for me than the Mahay deal, but you have to admit it--the Twins are trying to do something.  Even with the claiming of Rich Harden, although it's something that will never come to fruition, at least they're trying.  It could be a busy weekend.