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Tigers release embattled utility man Ryan Raburn


DETROIT (WKZO) – The Detroit Tigers announced a move that was a long time in the making today. Ryan Raburn has officially been released from the team. The embattled infielder/outfielder ends an 11-year career in Detroit.

Raburn has been the brunt of fan frustration for the past few seasons, but this year was by far the worst for the 31-year old. In 66 games, Raburn hit .171 with 14 doubles, 12 RBI’s and one homerun. With Victor Martinez returning to the team in 2013, and the acquisition of Torii Hunter last week, there were no more excuses for keeping Raburn on the roster.

The move today came on the heels of the deadline to submit the 40-man roster to the league’s front office. Along with releasing Raburn, the Tigers also purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon along with shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo. They also outrighted the contract of right-hander Tyler Stohr to Toledo.

Rondon, 21, finished his minor-league campaign with a 2-1 record, splitting his time between Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Toledo in 2012. He recorded a 1.53 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 29 saves in 52 appearances, and was tabbed as the Tigers minor league pitcher of the year.

Machado, 20, played in Lakeland batting .195 with 59 runs, 16 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 37 RBI’s and 23 stolen bases in 119 games. Defensively, Machado recorded a Florida League best .966 fielding percentage.

Stohr, 26, made 23 appearances in Erie during the 2012 season, finishing with a 2-1 record and 2.19 ERA.

The Tigers will submit a 39-man roster at the deadline today.