White Sox sign Ryan Raburn to minor league deal
Veteran outfielder Ryan Raburn has signed a minor league contract with the White Sox, the team confirmed on Saturday. Raburn batted .219/.324/.500 for the Reds in spring training and was released by the end of camp. He’s expected to join the Triple-A Charlotte Knights to start the season.
The 35-year-old corner outfielder completed a one-year track with the Rockies in 2016, slashing .220/.309/.404 with nine home runs and a .712 OPS in 256 PA. The Reds picked him up on a minor league deal in February, but his struggles at the plate and lack of defensive versatility edged him out of a bench spot. Given his age and track record, he’s unlikely to find an everyday role with the White Sox in 2017, but should provide modest power off the bench if he makes the jump to the big leagues again.