Friday, July 27, 2007

Future Looms Big, Very Big, for Jon Rauch of Nats

Where does a 6-foot-11, 260-pound man play? Anywhere he wants if his name is Jon Rauch, and he just might want the closer's job for the Nationals.

The biggest man in baseball is biding his time as the minutes tick down toward the trading deadline, with pressure mounting for the Nationals to accept one of a multitude of offerings for closer Chad Cordero.

Cordero's value couldn't be higher, as an accomplished possessor of 20 saves despite pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball. The Red Sox, Tigers and Indians are among the potential suitors who have come calling.

That leaves Rauch, his sub-4.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and six wins as a key enabler.