The Ryan Raburn era in Detroit came to a quiet end Tuesday afternoon.
In a press release announcing that the Tigers had added pitching prospects Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon to the 40-man roster, along with shortstop Dixon Machado, there was a quiet mention that the Tigers had released Raburn.
Raburn played seven seasons for the Tigers, playing six positions, but none of them very well. He made a habit of big second halves with the the bat, though, so he was expected to play a key role for the Tigers in 2012. It didn't happen, even after he was given the second-base job after Brandon Inge was released.
Raburn finished the season on the sidelines, injured at the end of a year where he hit .171 with only one homer in 66 games, and was expected to leave the organization.
He'll be replaced on the 40-man roster by Machado, a spectcular defensive shortstop who has never shown the slightest sign of being able to hit in the high minors, much less the majors. In four minor-league sea...