Ryan Raburn's future status with Tigers unknown

Jim McIsaac

Ryan Raburn's status with the Detroit Tigers remains unclear. Dave Dombrowski has yet to speak to the utilityman, and given the utilityman's struggles in 2012, Dombrowski may not be in a rush.

Utilityman Ryan Raburn's status with the Detroit Tigers is unknown, according to Chris Lott. General manager Dave Dombrowski has not spoken with Raburn. Raburn is eligible for arbitration in 2013, and is due to become a free agent for the 2014 season.

Raburn played in 66 games for the Tigers in 2012, hitting .171 in 205 at-bats with a .254 on-base percentage and a .254 slugging average. Those numbers are well below his career averages of .256/.311/.740. He spent the beginning of August on the disabled list with a sprained thumb on his right hand. He did not play again until the very end of the season, and when his struggles continued, he was left off the playoff roster in favor of Danny Worth, who had replaced him when he first went to the DL.

Raburn was a fifth-round selection of the Tigers in the 2001 MLB Draft. He has been with the organization ever since, and made his debut in the big leagues in 2004.

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