Jon Rauch Signs With Toronto | The Process Report

Jon Rauch Signs With Toronto

Using MLB Trade Rumors’ free agent tracker, here’s a run down of the remaining righties of interest.

Jeremy Bonderman
The oft-injured starter historically struggles against lefties (.283/.350/.375) but excels versus righties (.255/.310/.394). Bonderman’s numbers likely improve with a move to the bullpen, as would his health, however who knows if he’s even open to the possibility.

Blaine Boyer
Owner of a career 3.89 FIP, Boyer throws hard but has surprisingly modest strikeout rates. He gets groundballs and righties out (.244/.318/.349 career).

Todd Coffey
Tommy covered Coffey here. He’d ban interesting test of Tropicana’s Field ability to put power in a vice.

Juan Cruz
Tommy also covered Cruz earlier this offseason. Who knows about Cruz’s health status right now and apparently there’s some concerns about his character.

Chad Durbin
A former starter, Durbin’s career numbers suffer as a result. His strikeout rate jumps from 4.98 as as starter to 7.35 as a reliever and his FIP drops from 5.71 to 4.60. Durbin has really handled righties over the last three seasons:

2008: .214/.284/.305
2009: .218/.351/.373
2010: .195/.277/.331

Kelvim Escobar
Another injured reliever Tommy covered. Again, no idea what his status is now, but may as well give Kiko Calero a call too.

Aaron Heilman
Reports earlier this offseason had Heilman expressing his desire to start. His career numbers against righties (.253/.324/.381) and lefties (.242/.335/.401) are mostly solid, but over recent years, he’s actually pitched better against lefties.

Bob Howry
Guessing he might be on his way to retirement after serving as a launching pad in two of his last three seasons.

Mike MacDougal
Once looked similar to Kyle Farnsworth as a hard thrower without any clue as to where the ball would wind up, his strikeout rates have fallen off as of late. Righties still have an issue squaring up on him, but he looks mostly useless versus lefties.

Brian Moehler
Another recently ineffective arm probably heading towards retirement.

Chris Ray
A local kid and former Orioles’ closer, Ray can get righties out even now (.215/.292/.342 career) but has struggled versus lefties over the last two seasons.

Chris Sampson
I covered Sampson back when the offseason was just getting underway.

Tyler Walker
When he’s not hurt, the former D-Rays closer is actually useful. His career ERA/FIP/xFIP split is minimal (4.23/4.25/4.28)

Jeff Weaver
Similar to Bonderman, although Weaver has transitioned into a relief role over the last several years and seen his performances versus righties diminish.

Todd Wellemeyer
Stop if you’ve heard this before: good versus righties, bad versus lefties.



One Comment

  1. alreyes4ever wrote:

    Will Farnsworth be taking over the 8th or 9th? I remember seeing him choke so many times it scares me to think he is the high leverage guy now. At least with Rauch that association was not there; this pen worries me.

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