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2010 Stats: 59 games, 3.12 ERA, 21 saves
Jon Rauch turned in a great campaign in 2010 out of the Twins' bullpen, serving as their closer for part of the season while racking up 21 saves.
The tall right-hander struck out 46 opposing batters while walking only 14.
If the Twins lose Rauch to another team, he will become the fourth prominent reliever departing from what was one of the best bullpens in the AL, following a similar path of other 2010 Twinkies in Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier
2011 Destination: Tampa Bay Rays
Rauch may be holding out for an opportunity to close and there are still be a handful of closing gigs that are still open or will at least have a competition throughout spring training.
One such location is in Tampa Bay after they lost Rafael Soriano to the division rival New York Yankees. The Rays have brought in many relievers this off-season but none with significant closing experience in recent years.
If Rauch were signed, he would be the favorite to win the closing job in a competition that could also involve Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Mike Eckstrom, J.P. Howell and others.
According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Blue Jays signed Jon Rauch to a one year deal just as I published this article. The move was posted on mlbtraderumors.com at 2:31pm CST while this article was officially published at 2:33pm CST. Rauch will be the favorite to win their closer competition this spring.