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Tigers release Ryan Raburn

Nov 20, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

Ryan Raburn AP

Teams are setting their 40-man rosters today in preparation for the Rule 5 draft and the Tigers cleared room by releasing veteran Ryan Raburn.

Raburn was drafted by Detroit in 2001 and has been with the Tigers since 2007, but that has included several demotions to the minors and a ghastly .171 batting average in 66 games as a big leaguer this year.

Raburn made $2.1 million this year and would have been arbitration eligible for the final time in 2013, so rather than keep him around for a similar price the Tigers decided to cut bait on the 31-year-old. He should be able to land a bench gig somewhere, although Raburn is a tweener in that he doesn’t hit well enough to man a corner outfield spot every day and doesn’t play defense well enough to be an asset elsewhere.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    So glad about the upgrading efforts. They stuck with these guys all last season, but now they are getting serious about fixing weak spots. Kelly is gone & now Raburn. We picked up Torii. I still think something else might be in the works (including shedding Q too). I’ll be glad for more improvement in the lower half of the batting order & outfield.

  2. plmathfoto - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    He was pretty useful in fantasy baseball for power when he qualifies as a 2bman

  3. scoregasmic - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    “YES!” -every tiger fan ever

  4. Detroit Michael - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Raburn had some moments, even some nice half seasons with the Tigers. However, when you’ve never really seized a full-time job, you can’t afford a season as awful as 2012 was.

    The guy also has poor defensive instincts no matter where he plays in the field.

  5. dracko19 - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Is “tweener” the new “bust”?

  6. samaugster23 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    not to kick a guy when he is down, but, ABOUT FLIPPING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Should have been last year. Could be a bench player for a National League team.

  7. joerymi - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Even calling him a tweener is too generous.

  8. mazblast - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    “although Raburn is a tweener in that he doesn’t hit well enough to man a corner outfield spot every day and doesn’t play defense well enough to be an asset elsewhere.”

    If you hit .171, you’re not an asset even if you play fantastic defense.

  9. lionsplayoffs - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I can’t believe that guy made 2.1 million. This is the both the worst hitter and the worst fielder I’ve ever seen wear the D. I even dare to say he was a worse player than Inge.

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