the Return of the Rhino


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.

8 responses to “the Return of the Rhino

  1. ivantopumpyouup

    //Plus, I do so enjoy seeing Mr. Dombrowski use his management magicks to keep the arb away.//

    think he can use the magicks to keep the arb away from Armando too?

  2. YAY!!! Raburn is my favorite player, and it made my day yesterday when I saw he was signed. And this is by far my favorite Terrible Cartoon as well. Congrats Ryan Raburn!

  3. That’s the most majestic-looking rhino I’ve ever seen.

  4. That’s worth at least a small “yay!”

  5. Quiet yay is about right. You do have to wonder if the reason he hasn’t had much of a shot at consistently starting before this is because they know something we don’t… but I guess now we’ll finally see.

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  8. Pro-rated, Carlos Guillen will earn more on the DL than Raburn will for the season.

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