Last week I noted that Ryan Raburn, the red haired step-child of many Tigers faithful, had a week remaining until he could tell the team to stick it if they optioned him to the minor leagues.
According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, that day has come.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, he has the right to decline a minor-league option, even though the Tigers still have an option available to use on him.
What Raburn has is a different scenario than having his options used up. A player who’s out of options must pass through waivers before he’s outrighted to the minors, giving every other Major League club a shot at claiming him if they’re willing to keep him on their 25-man roster. If the Tigers tried to option Raburn and he declined it, he would become a free agent, free to sign with any club. It’s a similar decision to what Brandon Inge could have done last July, though he chose to accept the option.
Raburn would not forfeit the remainder of his contract, either. He’s set to make $2.1 million this year.
I quoted that whole thing, because frankly I’d screw up all the legal mumbo jumbo and confuse everyone even more than they are now.
So, hooray for Ryan Raburn, who is rich no matter how he produces. Of course, thanks to his early struggles this year I would be surprised to see him ink another significant deal anywhere this winter.
That is, unless he turns into Ryan “The Machine” Raburn once again this summer and some team in the Majors “sees potential” and will be subject to his offensively minded split personality.