Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 8/10/13
Ryan Raburn signed a two-year, $4.85 million contract extension with a club option for 2016, the Indians announced on Wednesday.  Although Joe would disagree with me, this was an extension that needed to get done before Raburn tested the free agent waters this offseason. In a season of 162+ games, having productive offensive players low in the depth chart is one of the characteristics of having a deep team. Ryan Raburn will fit that role for the next few seasons.  For many years with the Tigers, Raburn would be named a starting outfielder at the beginning of the season, struggle at the plate, get sent down or benched for a another player who was well below replacement level. Raburn would then get another chance and go on a hot streak. Part of his problem was that he was not a good defender anywhere. Raburn did have flashes with the bat, though. He put up a .291/.359/.533 (129 wRC+) line in 2009, including 16 home runs in just 291 plate appearances. He got off to a rough sta...
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