illustration by Samara Pearlstein
He’s a smooth talker, a tough negotiator, a man who drives a hard bargain with a big pizza purse. He also hates arbitration. And Dave Dombrowski, GMPres of Many Striped Shirts, gets to avoid another possible arb hearing, because he has signed Ryan Raburn to a two-year deal.
My reaction: quiet yay.
Really. I am neither overjoyed nor plunged into a cold, icy despair. It seems like $3.4 million is kind of a lot for a guy who might not even be used as an everyday player, but spread out over two years it sounds much more sensible, and it’s not a radical amount of money in any event. He’ll probably start the season in the outfield anyways and the Tigers will see where to go from there. He will be 30 years old in April, and, aside from the ATV Incident, he hasn’t been very injury-prone. He’s definitely been more durable than Magglio or Guillen.
This one can count as a fairly good signing.
Plus, I do so enjoy seeing Mr. Dombrowski use his management magicks to keep the arb away.