Indians sign Ryan Raburn to two year extension
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed outfielder Ryan Raburn to a two-year $4.85 million contract extension through the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. The contract includes a $100K buyout if his 2016 option for $3 million is not picked up.
Raburn, 32, is hitting .277 (51-for-184) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 66 games for Cleveland this season (.370 OBP, .565 SLG, .935 OPS). He has made starts in right field (37), left field (7), second base (2) and designated hitter (5). He is currently third on the team in home runs (13), is hitting .462 (12-for-26, 19RBI) with RISP-2 outs and over his last 20 games since June 28 he has hit at a .327 (18-for-55) clip with 5 2B, 5 HR & 17 RBI. Only three qualifying hitters in the American League (M. Cabrera, C. Davis, E. Encarnacion) have a better at bat/RBI ratio than Ryan’s 4.84 (184/38) this season.
He owns a career Major League batting average of .258 (454-for-1757) with 109 doubles, 8 triples, 67 home runs and 254 RBI in 632 games over 8 seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians since debuting in 2004. He was originally signed by Cleveland on January 21st to a minor league contract with spring training non-roster invite and is making $1 million this season.
Manager Terry Francona has handled Raburn's playing time well this season, and the contract is fair for both parties. With Raburn and Mike Aviles locked in on the bench, the Indians not have some quality depth on the bench that are good teammates, leaders and can fill in as starters when needed.
With Raburn being extended, it could mean the Indians are also exploring extensions with other players. Another player set to hit free agency who has had a nice comeback season is lefty Scott Kazmir and he is probably the most important player they need to look at bringing back next season.
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With Indians starters going down with finger injuries the last few years, another starter under contract would be nice to have.
What's the deal with all of these finger injuries? Are the Indians just unlucky or are Indians pitching coaches teaching a special grip that leads to the injuries? I don't know. It's strange, just trying to figure it out. Anyone have any thoughts on that?