Ryan Raburn and the Tigers have agreed to a two-year, $3.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration in his first season of eligibility.
After three years as a bench player Raburn received a career-high 410 plate appearances last season while starting games in all three outfield spots plus second base and first base.
He hit .280 with a .340 on-base percentage and .480 slugging percentage, smacking 15 homers and 41 total extra-base hits in 371 at-bats, and will likely compete with Brennan Boesch to be the Tigers’ primary left fielder this season.
The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.
Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.
From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.