3. Ryan Raburn
The thirty-four year old outfielder is a gamer, the kind of player any coach would love to have coming off the bench. Raburn has spent his entire career in the American League Central, spending seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers and three with Cleveland Indians. This is the type of a guy that gets the big hit late in a playoff game or makes a game saving catch late in the season. Last season in limited action with the Cleveland Indians he posted a batting average of .301, hit 8 home runs, drove in 29 RBI, and posted a WAR of 1.1. These are solid and reliable numbers off the bench.
Raburn is not the type of player that you invest in to be an everyday outfielder; he is best suited for a reserve role on a contending team. Age is a question with Rayburn but left-handed hitters that can produce a 300 plus average off the bench are hard to come by. A switch to the National League might not be a bad idea for Raburn but leaving his comfort zone of the American League central may be to difficult to walk away from. The Tigers, Indians, Yankees, Astros, and Royals could be potential landing spots.
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