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Rauch Ramifications

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has an article today about the implications of the Diamondbacks' acquisition of reliever Jon Rauch.

  • The loss of second baseman Emilio Bonifacio doesn't exactly change the D'Back's plans, as they were skeptical on his ability to become a regular anyway.  Still, people are asking whether they'll try to re-sign Orlando Hudson.  Piecoro says Hudson is expected to test the free agent market, and doesn't seem likely to offer a discount.  His salary should exceed $10MM.
  • If Hudson leaves, the D'Backs could either look for a new second baseman or shift Mark Reynolds over there and consider a third baseman.  Take a look at the free agent market - options are limited at both positions.  Perhaps a trade could be explored.
  • Closer Brandon Lyon is a free agent after the season as well, and seems likely to leave.  The D'Backs have plenty of in-house replacement options, starting with Rauch.  Lyon will join free agent closers such as Brian Fuentes, Trevor Hoffman, Francisco Rodriguez, and Kerry Wood.  It's easy to see Hoffman and Wood staying put, leaving three solid options.
  • Piecoro talked to team officials who downplayed the recent Mark Teixeira rumblings.


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