Twins watch two more relievers walk; Rauch to Jays, Fuentes to A's
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According to multiple reports, right-hander Jon Rauch has signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, and left-hander Brian Fuentes agreed on a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics.
Fuentes, 35, joined the Twins in late-August and missed several games with back troubles. When he did pitch, however, he did not allow a run -- 9.2 innings, eight strikeouts, two walks and only three hits given up.
Rauch, 32, took over as closer to start the season after Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery. He pitched 57 2/3 innings, posting a 3.12 ERA and career-best 2.94 FIP with 46 strikeouts, 14 walks and 21 saves.
Beyond that, general manager Bill Smith and company will look toward Nathan to be serviceable in his first year following surgery, and Pat Neshek to return to form two years after his Tommy John operation.