May 17, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Jon Rauch (60) throws during the eighth inning against thenArizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
After another loss for the Miami Marlins, the team made another roster move, keeping the charter going back-and-forward from Miami to New Orleans busy. The team designated reliever Jon Rauch for assignment and called up left hander Duane Below.
Duane Below owns a 2.68 ERA in 47 innings between the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins Triple-A affiliates. The Marlins claimed Below off of waivers near the end of April and stashed him away as a potential fit in either the Marlins rotation or bullpen should a spot open up.
I mentioned Below as an option to receive a call-up to the Marlins in case the team decided to move Alex Sanabia out of the rotation. While Below will be used out of the bullpen as a long relief option right away, he could become an option for the Marlins rotation if the injured players are out any longer and Sanabia’s struggles continue.
Rauch signed a one-year, $1MM deal with the Marlins in February, but struggled through the first two months of the season. Rauch held a 7.56 ERA in 16 2/3 innings for the Fish this season, making 15 appearances. Although Rauch’s ERA was extremely high, his FIP was a respectable 3.41, indicating he struggled with some bad luck with his .393 BABIP.
Rauch owns a career 3.88 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 over 594 big league innings. I would be shocked if Rauch clears waivers, as there is likely to be some team that wants to take a ticket on a seasoned veteran bullpen arm.
With Rauch being designated for assignment, the Marlins 40-man roster now sits at 39. The Marlins likely won’t fill this empty spot until one of their many players on the 60-day disabled list return.