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Ryan Raburn and Tigers avoid arbitration with two-year deal

Jan 12, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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Ryan Raburn and the Tigers have agreed to a two-year, $3.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration in his first season of eligibility.

After three years as a bench player Raburn received a career-high 410 plate appearances last season while starting games in all three outfield spots plus second base and first base.

He hit .280 with a .340 on-base percentage and .480 slugging percentage, smacking 15 homers and 41 total extra-base hits in 371 at-bats, and will likely compete with Brennan Boesch to be the Tigers’ primary left fielder this season.

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