Jordan Bastian at Indians.com informs us that the Indians are close to agreeing to terms with former Tiger utility man Ryan Raburn on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Raburn, 31, struggled mightily last season, posting a .171/.226/.254 split with 1 homer and 12 RBI in 66 games. Prior to that, the right-handed hitter had a string of success as a partial starter from 2009-2011 that included a .891 OPS in 2009 (261 at-bats), at least 14 homers each year, and 62 RBI in 2010.
He is ultra-versatile, having played first, second, third, and all three outfield spots within the last few years in Detroit. He will likely be the frontrunner for the team’s utility infielder position as Mike Aviles is likely part of a DH-timeshare at this point with infielders Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Jason Kipnis. It’s a low risk signing for the Tribe and hopefully one that helps to improve the offensive attack just a little bit more in 2013.