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Reds sign Ryan Raburn to minor-league deal

The lefty masher appears to have a good shot at making the big-league club in camp.

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The Reds have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Ryan Raburn, per FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. MLB Daily Dish first linked the sides Friday.

Raburn, who will turn 36 in April, appears to have a good shot to make the Reds’ roster as a backup outfielder this spring. He joins Desmond Jennings as new veteran options behind Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton, who will start for Cincinnati.

Raburn spent last season with the Rockies, hitting .220/.309/.404 with nine homers in 113 games. He posted a strong .301/.393/.543 line with Cleveland the year before, but struggled in free agency due to a weak offensive season and surplus of righty options available to clubs.

Raburn is a veteran of 11 major-league seasons with the Tigers (2004-12), Indians (2013-15) and Rockies (2016), and owns a career .261/.341/.487 line with 54 homers against left-handers in that time.