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    • Marlins Sign Jon Rauch
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  • 2/5/13
  • robrock30

The Marlins signed free agent right-hander Jon Rauch to a one-year deal, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports (on Twitter). The team designated outfielder Bryan Petersen for assignment in a related move.

Rauch appeared in 73 games for the 2012 Mets, posting a 3.59 ERA with 6.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 and a 36.6% ground ball rate in 57 2/3 innings. The 6'11" 34-year-old earned $3.5MM on a one-year deal with New York. Rauch's average fastball velocity was 90.8 mph last year, up from 89.5 mph in 2011 (via FanGraphs).

The Marlins were linked to free agent right-hander Jose Valverde yesterday, though their interest doesn't appear serious. It's not clear whether today's deal will impact the team's interest level in other relief pitching. Teams seeking right-handed relief could inquire on Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson and Mark Lowe, as MLBTR's Free Agent Tracker shows.

Petersen appeared in 84 games for the Marlins last year, playing all three outfield positions. The 26-year-old posted a .195/.272/.257 batting line in 273 plate appearances.

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  • 2/5/13
  • brinked
We could have had him for 1 Mil? Why didnt the Mets pay the man? He is worth 1 Mil even if he isnt as good as he was in 2012, he was the best RP we had besides Parnell
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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
Fans don't like him because he defended Bay. Good riddens.
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  • 2/5/13
  • brinked

So fans dont like him because he was a good team mate and did what was politically correct? And the Mets FO did not re sign him because they care about this?

Where do you people come up with this stuff?

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  • 2/5/13
  • robrock30

4:57pm: Rauch can earn an additional $750K through roster bonuses, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter).

4:21pm: The sides agreed to a one-year, $1MM deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports (on Twitter).

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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
He attacked the fans who were booing bay. He has no right to attack the fans. At the time this occured, he had been on the roster for only about 2 months.
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  • 2/5/13
  • 4545_ajd
He attacked the fans? Really? He said he was disappointed in fans who were booing a guy who just got injured. Far from attacking fans for booing a guy because he wasn't playing well.
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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
He has no right to say anything negative about the fans. He should have been angry at how poorly Bay played.
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  • 2/5/13
  • thebobymon
Guess we are back to 105 losses now.
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  • 2/5/13
  • robrock30
I agree with you that it is never a wise move to speak negatively of the fans or to treat them as fools either.
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  • 2/5/13
  • 4545_ajd

"He has no right to say anything negative about the fans. He should have been angry at how poorly Bay played."

So now he does not have the right to voice his opinion? You can be angry at a guy's performance and still like him as a person and be concerned when they get injured.

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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
Correct, players should not criticize fans. There's obviously no league rule against it, but it's a sure fire way to no get resigned.
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  • 2/5/13
  • thebobymon
Or croc wearing...well you know.
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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
He should have said that about the Wilpons instead. Would have made him an instant fan favorite.
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  • 4545_ajd

"Correct, players should not criticize fans. There's obviously no league rule against it, but it's a sure fire way to no get resigned."

Players should criticize jerks when they are being jerks, there were a lot of players who criticized fans when Jackie Robinson was being booed and had racial slurs and death threats hurled at him, I guess you don't think they should have criticized that behavior since the fans are always right...

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  • 2/5/13
  • alfolerud
Fans didn't boo Bay becuase of his race. They did so because he is soft. Standing up against racism is the right thing to do. Criticizing Bay for his lack of focus (which led to the injury) is fair game.
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  • 2/5/13
  • 4545_ajd

"Criticizing Bay for his lack of focus (which led to the injury) is fair game."

Lack of Focus?" He dove for a ball, he didn't get hit in the head with a pop up. Your ignorance is bewildering.

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  • 2/5/13
  • JamesHetfi3ld

Booing someone because they're terrible and hurling racial slurs at someone aren't even in the same universe.

They're professional athletes- It's part of the job to get booed if you're underperforming.

Awful analogy.

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  • 2/5/13
  • 4545_ajd

"Booing someone because they're terrible and hurling racial slurs at someone aren't even in the same universe.

They're professional athletes- It's part of the job to get booed if you're underperforming."

Rauch criticize the fans for booing Bay who had just gotten injured, he never said anything about not booing a player for underperforming.

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