According to various twitter sources and SB nation, Ryan Raburn has been demoted to AAA. Raburn hit only .146/.209/.211, for a paltry .420 OPS in 135 plate appearances so far this season. No corresponding move has been announced thus far, and it’s difficult to guess what the Tigers are going to do in order to replace Raburn on the MLB roster. The Tigers have an available spot on the 40 man roster, so the move could come from anywhere.
Raburn was just over a week of service time short of 5 years, which means that he could have declined the assignment to Toledo. This way, he has no choice, and the Tigers can stash him at AAA until he gets his swing back.
In a corresponding move, the Tigers have purchased the contract of Omir Santos from AAA Toledo. Interesting.