That'll show 'em!
No not really. But Raburn comes to the Indians a year after fizzling out with the Tigers. He can play many positions, but not necessarily all of them very well. He'll be coming over on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
In fact the utility man was pushed around the diamond last year when the team signed Prince Fielder to play first and assigned Miguel Cabrera at third and had too many outfielders to keep Raburn there full-time. So they made him a second baseman.
He comes to the Indians are someone who will likely see most of his time in the corner outfield spots if he makes the club. Raburn is a perfect piece to slide into that spring training bench competition. And everything else considered, he's a right handed hitter. He has similar numbers against both right-handers and left-handers, showing some solid consistency. He should be able to be someone who can just come off the bench and play and give you some decent at-bats.
Raburn was a solid player for the Tigers up until last year. His numbers have steadily declined in terms of his average as he's seen more playing time, but he's good for 15 home runs, 20 doubles, 50 RBI and a decent on-base percentage in around 100 games at his best. Last year he hit a dismal .171 with a .226 on-base percentage in 66 games before the Tigers optioned him to Toledo in May. He would have stood to make a good chunk of change had the Tigers not non-tendered him.
He'll join the fray for a final bench spot, which is rather open right now, and could even garner some DH at-bats given that the position is still wide-open for the taking.