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Ryan Raburn in the mix for Tigers’ starting job at second base

Mar 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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Carlos Guillen‘s slower than expected recovery from knee surgery has opened the door for Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes to compete for the Tigers’ starting job at second base, but Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that Ryan Raburn has emerged as a contender for the gig as well.

Raburn has never started more than 15 games in a season at second base and his defense there would likely be pretty ugly as an everyday player, but he has logged 377 career innings at the position and brings a lot more offensive upside than Sizemore or Rhymes.

Trading defense for offense certainly isn’t a decision unique to Detroit, but I’m not sure the Tigers really need to be doing that after adding Victor Martinez to a Miguel Cabrera-led lineup that was solidly above average in 2010. By playing Jhonny Peralta at shortstop they’re already committing to one sub par middle infield glove and pairing him with Raburn could be pretty ugly for a pitching staff that induced an above-average number of ground balls last year.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    I understand the move, this allows Boesch to get in the line-up, but this might create the worst infield defense in decades. When a converted catcher is your best infielder you know you suck.

  2. Detroit Michael - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    This makes no sense to me because whoever is the Tigers’ best outfielder looking past Raburn / Jackson / Ordonez is not that much a better hitter than Sizemore or Rhymes is. The position switch doesn’t get Raburn’s bat into the line-up but some lesser player’s bat.

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