Ryan Raburn and Tigers avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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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.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 2018 option

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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.