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Rockies sign Ryan Raburn to minor-league deal

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The veteran will provide a right-handed bench option for Colorado.

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The Rockies have signed outfielder Ryan Raburn to a minor-league deal, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The deal guarantees $1.5 million if Raburn makes the major-league roster and includes an opt-out date in late March.

Raburn recently drew interest from the Giants, but will instead head to Colorado and compete for playing time alongside outfielders Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Brandon Barnes. The 34-year old will give the Rockies a right-handed option off the bench if he makes the team, providing a bat with some pop in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Raburn spent last year with the Indians, hitting .301/.393/.543 with eight home runs in 82 games while appearing at both corner outfield positions. He is a lifetime .256/.318/.440 hitter with 82 home runs in 10 major-league seasons with the Tigers (2004-12) and Indians (2013-15).

Raburn is the latest veteran outfielder to sign this week, joining Shane Victorino (Cubs), Chris Denorfia (Yankees) and David Murphy (Red Sox). For a complete list of free-agent signings this winter, check out our free-agent tracker.