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Cleveland signs Ryan Raburn........

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Posted: 1/19/2013 7:36 PM

Cleveland signs Ryan Raburn........ 


I know it's nothing earth-shattering, just wanted to pass it along. Actually could give us a good duo of utility guys, w/ Mike Avilis & himself. He's wasn't bad with Detroit before last season. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/...yan-raburn.html

Last edited 1/19/2013 7:40 PM by TopDawgDixon

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:51 AM

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good signing as a minor league deal. hope be can bounce back. low risk high reward.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:06 AM

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Good minor league season. He was good two years ago.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 2:01 PM

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I agree it was a good signing. But realistically, he's a longshot to bounce back at age 32. Probably provides depth in Columbus.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:09 PM

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biggrin the good news is that this used to be the kind of signing that we wrapped our offseason around
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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:39 PM

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I dont think it is far out of the realm of possibility...even probability...that Raburn can return to his form of a couple years ago.

His suffered from a lingering quadricep injury last season that eventually landed him on the DL until late in the season...awfully hard to swing a bat with a painful quad.

Raburn could be a beneficial piece...a decent (not great) OPS vs left handers that can play multiple positions for which we have LH bats that dont hit lefties as well.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:01 AM

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Raburn has abillity to play multiple postions...very poorly.

He was a constant headache in Detroit for his mind boggling defense, even when he was hitting. I have seen atleast 20 botched fly balls or grounders by Raburn. Also, just because he can put a glove on and stand in the area of second base doesnt mean he should. He is decent in the outfield and at first base but anything other then that, you are reaching.

Also, the quad injury he had is a bit of a disguise. There became no spot for him on the major league roster or the Toledo roster at some point in the year so they used that to have more flexibillity to the roster. He ended the year on the D.L with a thumb injury that he himself said was not even an issue. It was the Tigers way of keeping him off of the September roster.

He was once one of the better reserve players in baseball, and he hits well against the White Sox but was god awful in every area this season, even at Toledo. We tried to hand him several starting roles but he just does not hit before mid-June.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:35 PM

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CATS44 wrote: I dont think it is far out of the realm of possibility...even probability...that Raburn can return to his form of a couple years ago.

His suffered from a lingering quadricep injury last season that eventually landed him on the DL until late in the season...awfully hard to swing a bat with a painful quad.

Raburn could be a beneficial piece...a decent (not great) OPS vs left handers that can play multiple positions for which we have LH bats that dont hit lefties as well.
Impossible - of course not. Probable, I'd have to argue with you there.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:19 PM

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The only way Raburn breaks Spring Training and is on the opening day roster is #1 if Asdrubal gets traded opening up the starting SS slot for Aviles or #2 a major injury happens.

Raburn I have come to find out from a family member in Detroit is Horrid with a glove on his hand no matter what position he is at anything other than being a DH would do nothing but hamper the indians according to what I have heard.

I thought at 1st the signing was a good one but I had no idea he was that bad defensively.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:36 PM

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It's a no-risk signing. I think he'll make the team as a 4th OF and backup 2B. Know anything about his speed? Pinch runner?
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:36 PM

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It's a no-risk signing. I think he'll make the team as a 4th OF and backup 2B. Know anything about his speed? Pinch runner?

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Average speed.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:38 AM

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Agreed.

I do not care what the metrics say, I have watched Raburn for years now. The man has made more then his share of bonehead plays. I've seen him leap to catch a ball that wasn't going over only to tip it across. Ive seen him come running in for a fly ball and completely miss it, leading it to hit him in the face. Just brutal.

He has no range at second. When he plays second, you may be better to just leave that spot vacant on the field. The man is also a notorious slow starter. When his bat is going he is a useful player, otherwise then no.

Fransisco should make it over Raburn.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:01 AM

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The only value Rayborn adds is his ability to get hot during the second half which didn't happen in 2012.

Francona and Leland are pretty close and I'm sure they frequently interchange thoughts on many baseball matters.  It would not surprise if Leland had some influence on the Indians signing Rayburn.   I live in Detroit and know that Rayburn was so bad at 2nd that the Tigers had to trade for a 2nd baseman at the trading deadline in 2012.
vannzee wrote: Agreed.

I do not care what the metrics say, I have watched Raburn for years now. The man has made more then his share of bonehead plays. I've seen him leap to catch a ball that wasn't going over only to tip it across. Ive seen him come running in for a fly ball and completely miss it, leading it to hit him in the face. Just brutal.

He has no range at second. When he plays second, you may be better to just leave that spot vacant on the field. The man is also a notorious slow starter. When his bat is going he is a useful player, otherwise then no.

Fransisco should make it over Raburn.
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