Twins add bullpen help with Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay

Posted on August 28th, 2009 – 2:39 PM
By La Velle

The Twins have swung a deal with Arizona for righthander Jon Rauch in exchange for a player to be named later. And they have signed lefthander Ron Mahay, who was released by the Royals.

Rauch was 2-2, 4.14 with two saves in 54.1nnings with the D-Backs, allowing 17 walks with 35 strikeouts.  His 305 appearances since the beginning of the 2006 season are the most in Major League Baseball.

To make room for Rauch, the Twins outrighted righthander Philip Humber to Class AAA Rochester.

Rauch got off to a terrible start but has posted a 2.84 ERA since May 25.

He was scheduled to make $2 million this season, so it looks like the Twins will be on the hook for about $400,000, maybe less, the rest of the season. The D-Backs picked up a $2.9 million option for 2010, so it looks like Rauch will pitch in Target Field too.

We’ll have more on this later.

Mahay had a 4.79 ERA in 41.1 innings with the Royals before he was desginated for assignment this week. Those who has seen him pitch recently say his velocity is the same as it was a year ago but his stuff might not be as sharp.

Even so, Mahay, and Rauch, are upgrades over some of the inexperienced arms the Twins have relied on recently.

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