Indians turn down Ryan Raburn’s option for 2016

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Ryan Raburn is a free agent, as the Indians declined his $3 million option and paid him a $100,000 buyout instead.

Raburn is a solid role player with some defensive versatility and a good platoon bat versus left-handed pitching, but his performance has varied wildly from year-to-year and he’s now 35 years old.

This year he hit .301 with eight homers and a career-best .936 OPS in 82 games for the Indians and he also posted a .901 OPS for Cleveland in 2013. However, in between he hit just .200 with a .547 OPS in 2014 and Raburn was even worse in 2012.

He should find a part-time role somewhere, but may have to settle for a minor-league contract.