Ryan Raburn makes Reds bench a little less questionable

Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 15:27:13-05

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds bench was a big question going into spring training.

Signing Ryan Raburn to a minor league deal might make it a little less questionable.

Raburn, 35, can play first, second, third or the outfield. He’s got some power -- 91 career home runs.

“He adds some experienced depth,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He’s hit left-handed pitching extremely well. He’s got great history with Detroit, Cleveland, Colorado. We could use some experienced bench players. Guys who can give us a quality at-bat off the bench or come in when we need a start.”

Raburn has hit .261/.341/.487 against left-handers in his 11-year career -- 54 of his home runs came off lefties. He spent last year with Colorado, where he hit .220 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 223 at-bats.

Raburn will arrive in camp Sunday.