Committee of one? Rauch will officially close for Twins. For now

Andy Behrens

Five days after announcing that his team would go bullpen-by-committee, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire has amended his position. Jon Rauch(notes) will open the season as the Twins' closer.

This from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III:

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire just announced that Jon Rauch will be the closer when the regular season begins on Monday in Anaheim.

He announced over the weekend that he would try a closer-by-committee approach, but it is not surprising that he opted for a more structured system. Gardenhire pointed out that their bullpen has operated well when everyone knows their roles.


"You lose a closer and you have to ad lib a little bit, we all know that." Gardenhire said. "The best thing is for us to get on our way here and this guy is our closer and we'll go from there and see what happens."

Rauch is owned in 37 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but obviously he was drafted in any deeper format. Most of you know his major league history: good in Washington, bad in Arizona, then useful in 17 appearances for Minnesota last season. And he's freakishly tall (6-11). And he has some closing experience, which always seems to be the tiebreaker in these situations.

Rauch clearly doesn't have a great deal of job security just yet, so enjoy the saves while they last. He's the man. Until he isn't the man. Matt Guerrier(notes) would presumably be the next man.


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