The Miami Marlins completed a deal for free agent reliever Jon Rauch, signing the tall right-hander to a one-year deal worth $1 million. The Marlins went into the final stages of this offseason looking to spend a little more cash on the 2013 squad, with a projected payroll target of around $40 million. According to Baseball-Reference, a rough estimate of the Marlins' final payroll tally for the 2013 season is expected to be $45 million after the addition of multiple pre-arbitration, rookie scale contracts, but that figure also includes the cash the Marlins agreed to send to the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks for a number of players traded in the offseason.
With that in mind, adding Rauch's $1 million commitment seemingly does not dent the team's salary goals by much. If the club is already ready to commit close to $45 million this year without adding Rauch, then his addition will not make a significant difference on the team's bottom line. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) for the Fish, Rauch's performance on the field is unlikely to do much to the team's winning bottom line either. Last season, Rauch posted a respectable 3.59 ERA and 3.89 FIP, and he has been doing exactly that for almost four seasons straight. Since 2009, Rauch has posted a 3.75 ERA and a 3.96 FIP, and these numbers do not differ all that much from his career 3.80 ERA and 4.01 FIP.
Jon Rauch Signing: Miami Marlins Add Bullpen Depth For Little Price
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