Ryan Raburn has a long run with the Detroit Tigers. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers before eventually being released after the 2012 season. He didn't have to wait long before potentially finding his new home. The Cleveland Indians are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Raburn.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com says the Indians plan to sign Raburn to a minor league deal.
Indians are nearing a Minor League contract (with spring invite) for utility man Ryan Raburn. Likely finalized next week.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) January 19, 2013
Presumably, the Indians will invite Raburn to Major League camp this spring. There is a good chance he breaks camps with the Indians as well.
Raburn hit just .171/.226/.254 in 66 games last season. He has proven to be a much better hitter than that over his career. Throughout his seven Major League seasons, Raburn has hit .256/.311/.430. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2001 draft and eventually blossomed into a regular player for the Tigers by 2009.
Raburn suffered a quadriceps injury last season. He was placed on the disabled list and didn't return until after rosters expanded in September.