According to Zach Buchannan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Reds have decided to release veteran outfielder Ryan Raburn in their next wave of roster cuts. Raburn had signed a minor league deal with the team in February, but will now ultimately hit the open market once again after just over a month with the team.
Raburn, 35, was initially thought of as being part of a battle for bench roles on the rebuilding Reds, that included outfielder Desmond Jennings and utility men Arismendy Alcantara and Patrick Kivlehan among others. However, the veteran didn't do enough to warrant a spot this spring, hitting .219 in 15 games with three home runs and seven runs batted in.
Raburn has had a lengthy major league career since he broke into the league with the Detroit Tigers in 2004. The former fifth-round pick in the 2001 MLB Draft went on to spend seven seasons in Detroit, before moving on to the Cleveland Indians for another five seasons. The Colorado Rockies then signed the veteran to a one-year deal where he went on to hit .220 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in over 113 games last season.
The move to release Raburn all but seals the notion that Jennings will earn the fourth outfielder role, while also opening up the chance for a youngster like Kivlehan or even infielder Tony Renda to make the final roster spot. Meanwhile, Raburn will hit a market that has an abundance of possible fourth outfielders, which includes Angel Pagan, Nolan Reimold and Alejandro De Aza among others.