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The Indians extend Ryan Raburn though 2015

Aug 7, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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File this under: things we never would have guessed before the season began: the Indians just announced that they have signed Ryan Raburn to a two-year contract extension thru the 2015 season with a club option for 2016.

Raburn has one pretty darn well for a minor league signing with a camp-invite this past winter.  He’s hitting .277 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 66 games for a line of .277/.370/.565 and has played all over the diamond.

Those numbers wildly exceed his career numbers and aren’t at all likely to be sustainable, but I’m sure Cleveland is smart enough to figure that out. It would seem that they do see Raburn as a capable super-sub for the long haul, however. And there is a lot of value in that. $4.85 million worth of value in that in the Indians’ eyes, reports Paul Hoynes.

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Well next year he will return to his tiger form and all will be normal.

  2. kalinedrive - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    People are weird. What, they were afraid they might lose him to that eager line of other GMs waving bigger offers at him? Way to lock in that security, Cleveland. Wouldn’t want to risk having to replace him with any other random replacement player. You don’t think he would have signed for 4.25 M? Throw that money around, big spender.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM


    • allmyteamsareterrible - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Apparently you missed the part where “He’s hitting .277 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 66 games for a line of .277/.370/.565 and has played all over the diamond.” He is not an every day player but as a sub there is nothing but value in the signing.

      • kalinedrive - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        I didn’t miss anything. I certainly didn’t miss Ryan Raburn when the Tigers let him go, and I won’t miss the $4.85 million that the Indians are throwing away. There is nothing *of* value in the signing.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        Yes, butt hurt Tiger fan from last year. Listen, it’s not my fault Leyland tried to turn him into an every day player and he failed. As a sub, his numbers this year are comparable with his numbers throughout his entire career. You can easily make the argument that last year was an anomaly, not the norm. But yes, it seems that every Raburn article is quickly followed by butt hurt Tiger fan….it’s inevitable.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Tiger fans hate this guy, but if you look at his career numbers, like I did, Ryan is a serviceable player on any bench. He had an awful season last year, but everything else is in line with what he is doing this season. Maybe the average is a bit higher, but the HRs, RBIs, and SLG is right there. It’s not like he is Don Kelly, or anything.

  4. weaselpuppy - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Raburn, being the Master of the 150 PA Monster Slump ( which as a sub, extends 3 months at a time), adds to his value in that he is absolutely wretched at 3 different positions on the diamond! Woot! 2 more years of overpaid underperformance! It’s just like Detroit electing politicians….

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