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Next time the Tigers try to send Ryan Raburn to the minors he can decline

Jun 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Ryan Raburn‘s up-and-down performances have led to the Tigers demoting him to the minors in four of the past five seasons, but those days are over.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Raburn–at age 31 and with 1,645 plate appearances in the majors–now has enough service time to decline an assignment to the minors without forfeiting his salary, which is $2.1 million for this season.

His last demotion to Triple-A came less than a month ago, but the Tigers called him back up two weeks later and now they’re stuck with him despite a .163 batting average in 41 games. If they attempt to option him to the minors again Raburn has the right to decline, keep his full salary, and become a free agent.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Next time it won’t be a demotion, it will be DFA…

    • monkeyjuice313 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      More like a GFY…

  2. seeinred87 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    If the past is any indication, he’ll get it going soon and start raking. We can hope anyway.

    I’ve always liked Raburn for some inexplicable reason.

  3. takingbovadasmoney - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    He is out of options anyway…

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Not quite yet. The Tigers have used two. He’s only been down for 16 days so far this season, so the Tigers (or some other team) could option him next season as well if they keep him up for the rest of the year.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Raburn is clearly not out of option years (a more accurate term) given that the Tigers optioned him to the minors once already this season.

    • jwbiii - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      I should have been more clear. It doesn’t count as an option year if a player is in the minors on optional assignment(s) for less than 20 days. Besides 2004 and 2005, Raburn has been optioned for
      2008 7 days in the minors
      2009 16 days
      2010 10 days
      2012 16 days (to date)

  4. harrysatchel - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    How did releasing Brandon Inge work out for the Tigers, I forget?

  5. mtheparrothead - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    @harry,

    Give Inge some time to suck it up. It’ll happen

  6. Detroit Michael - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Note that the last sentence of Jason Beck’s article has changed, so the last sentence of this Hardball Talk post probably needs to be edited as well.

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