It’s one thing to reach the Major League, but it’s another when you’re trying to stay with one franchise instead of bouncing back and forth in the league.
Not everybody is promised to stay with the team you first debuted with, but it has happened and I’m sure it will happen with a select few. Right handed reliever Jon Rauch fought to keep himself with one franchise in 2013 but failed to do so.
He finished the year with a 7.56 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 15 strike outs and 14 earned runs over 16 2/3 innings of work with the Miami Marlins. He was designated during the season by the Marlins and later picked up by the Baltimore Orioles on June 1st.
Baltimore and Rauch were able to agree on a minor league contract where he opted out only a month later. Now according to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Kansas City Royals have signed Jon Rauch to a minor league contract.
jon rauch signs with #royals on minor league deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 23, 2014
The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.