The Indians and Ryan Raburn agreed to a two year extension with a team option for 2016, per the Indians official Twitter account.
Per Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer, Raburn will make $2.25 million in 2014; $2.5 million in 2015, and will have a $3 million club option with $100,000 buyout for 2016.
Raburn has been the most efficient hitter on the team thus far this season. In 66 games, Raburn has .277/.370/.565 and has hit 13 home runs in only 184 at-bats. Only Pedro Alvarez, Miguel Cabrera, and Chris Davis have a lower HR/AB rate than Ryan Raburn does as of August 7th. Of all Indians, Raburn is tied for second in on-base percentage and leads the team in slugging percentage. Raburn also has been spectacular against lefties this season, holding a 1.029 OPS.
This contract is a great value for the Indians, as they were able to lock up Raburn for below market value. To put things in perspective, the Angels signed Maicer Izturis (a utility infielder who has been playing more than he has been ever in his career) to a three year, $10 million contract with a club option for a fourth year. Izturis is hitting has an .606 OPS this season.
Raburn is as solid as they come as either a platoon player or as the Indians’ best bench player. Raburn had been productive from 2009-2011 with the Tigers, but things fell apart due to injury and infrequent playing time in 2012. Signing Raburn this offseason was a shrewd move by the Indians front office. From the get-go the Raburn acquisition looked like a great arbitrage signing, and the dividends are surely paying off now.