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Indians close to minor league deal with Ryan Raburn

Jan 19, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

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According to Jordan Bastian of, the Indians are nearing a minor league contract with free agent Ryan Raburn. The deal will likely be finalized next week and is expected to include a spring training invite.

Raburn, who turns 32 in April, was released by the Tigers in November after batting just .171/.226/.254 with one home run and a .480 OPS in 222 plate appearances last season. However, he smacked at least 14 homers in the previous three seasons and owns a .796 OPS against southpaws for his career.

Raburn won’t have a chance at a starting job in Cleveland, but with his experience between the infield and outfield, he could win a spot on Terry Francona’s bench.

  1. papacrick - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Great now Leyland will fold against Cleveland to protect Mudhen’s feelings

  2. 2dmo4 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Being a Tiger fan, I hope he makes the Indians ML squad. We can count on a definite out in the innings he bats.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Just like as an Indians fan, if they hit it to Jhonny Peralta, chances are it will go right past him.

      • gosuhgo - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Jhonny P’s defense basically swept the yankees for us…

      • Kevin Gillman - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        It won’t happen 2 times in a row. Take my word for it, one of the most lazy fielders, and players in MLB. He doesn’t have a range, and he nev er hits in the cold weather.

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