Tigers fans: your long national nightmare is over. Ryan Raburn has been released.
The Tigers announced the move, along with a few other changes to the 40-man roster, this afternoon.
In other news: Tyler Stohr was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, while RHP Bruce Rondon, RHP Melvin Mercedes and SS Dixon Machado were added to the 40-man roster. (Read this!)
Our friends at BYB's Tigers Prospect Report will bring you up to speed on the minor league players later today, though you've undoubtedly heard about right-hander Bruce Rondon, who is among the players who'll get a chance to close for the Tigers in 2013. (Read my column!)
Raburn may have been the most frustrating player among a team that could easily get your blood pressure into unsafe regions. Mr. August for much of his career in Detroit, he'd bring you to the end of your thread earlier in the year only to redeem himself with incredible slugging during the final two months of his season.
This year, his spring depths fell lower than ever before, and his typical late-season success was no where to be found. His season ended on the disabled list.
With no real position he could call home, better options in the infield and outfield, and a likely salary that would not fall in line with past production, it was easy to see Raburn's cause was not a strong one.
You won't have Ryan Raburn to kick around any more.
But hey, there's always Brennan Boesch.