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Analysis: Rauch Heads To Arizona

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Jon Rauch stepped into the closer's role for the Nationals this season with pretty good results. Instead of hanging on to him though, the Nationals shipped him west to the Diamondbacks for Emilio Bonifacio. Will the deal work out better for Arizona or for Washington?

What they gave up: Jon Rauch is possibly one of the more underrated relievers in baseball. While he's not necessarily one of the best closers, his numbers as the Nationals emergency closer weren't all that bad, and he was showing all the signs of getting even better. Through his time in Washington this season, Rauch had a career 3.63 ERA and had really only been pitching as a reliever since...

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