Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at relief pitcher Jon Rauch.
2012 Stats: 73 Games, 57.2 Innings Pitched, 3-7, 3.59 ERA, 4 Saves, 0.99 WHIP (45 Hits/12 Walks), 42 Strikeouts
2012 Story: Jon Rauch entered 2012 on a one year deal and was expected to become the eighth inning man. After coming out of the gate on fire, Rauch struggled in May and June while battling through bone chips in his pitching elbow. After having a procedure to clean out his elbow in early June, Rauch managed to turn his year around. Rauch was one of the more reliable members of the Mets bullpen, which is surprising considering his seven losses led the unit. Six of those seven losses came prior to July, however, and he was able to stabilize the back end of the bullpen a bit. Rauch was briefly considered for the closer's chair after Frank Francisco went down, but that role ultimately went to Bobby Parnell. Rauch settled into the eighth and pitched pretty effectively even as the Mets season and playoff hopes drifted off into oblivion.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 10 Percent
2013 Role: Set Up Man (Likely Elsewhere)
Jon Rauch is unlikely to return to the Mets, and it has nothing to do with his performance. It does, however, have everything to do with dollars. Rauch signed a one year, 3.5 million dollar contract for 2012 and pitched pretty well. Rauch's 2012 performance could earn him a raise to roughly five million dollars a year, which is costly for a middle reliever. Considering the Mets' limited resources this offseason, the five million dollars that Rauch could command can be better spent on several low cost acquisitions to improve the bullpen as a whole. The Mets also have a replacement for Rauch on hand in the form of Bobby Parnell, who had his finest season last year. If Rauch's price comes down the two sides could renew acquaintances, but that appears unlikely at this time.
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