Ryan Raburn to the Tigers?

There is some scuttlebutt that Ryan Raburn has gotten the call. At least that is what he told reporters after the Mud Hens game tonight.

I’m not sure who he’s replacing. While Craig Monroe has been struggling a ton, I can’t imagine him being out except for injury – of which there’s been no indication. Perhaps a trade has been made? I just don’t know.

The Tigers also need a spot on the 40 man roster for Raburn. I’d presume that Vance Wilson would be transferred to the 60 day DL to accomodate Raburn.

For Toledo, Raburn has certainly been raking posting a 292/394/540 line with 17 homers.


  1. Shane

    July 6, 2007 at 2:12 am

    I could really see Thames or Monroe being gone when we wake up in the morning…

  2. Adam

    July 6, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Better not be Thames…

  3. Ian C.

    July 6, 2007 at 7:20 am

    For the 40-man roster, I wonder if Roman Colon will be released?

  4. The Heckler

    July 6, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Best bet is either Vance Wilson or Joel Zumaya being moved, retroactively, to the 60-day DL. This would clear a roster spot.

  5. Kurt

    July 6, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I guess it depends when you wake up, shane! I hope we find out by afternoon and I suspect it is boring and we’re let down.

  6. T Smith

    July 6, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Exciting and nervous at the same time. I suspect it has something to do with Thames — he could be a huge bargaining chip for some other unforseen deal in the works? On the other hand, can they just send Monroe down? In my mind that would be the best scenario. Let Craig work through this slump in Toledo and bring him back on the 40 man roster…

    Not sure if that’s even legistically fesible, given the contract options, etc. Anybody know for sure?

    Other speculation is Perez and/or Infante.

    When will this will be made public?

  7. Joey C.

    July 6, 2007 at 10:00 am

    According to the Freep article, it’s unlikely to be Thames. And I can’t imagine who would want to deal for Monroe right now the way he’s played.

  8. Z

    July 6, 2007 at 10:01 am

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  9. Adam

    July 6, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Can’t send Monroe down without putting him through waivers…although, maybe no one would take him?

    Haha. Someone would take him.

  10. Anthony

    July 6, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Great news!

  11. T Smith

    July 6, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I certainly hope Freep article is accurate. Whoever lets Thames bat 600 times a season is gonna get 35 – 40 HR out of him.

    So… Perez? Infante? And how likely is it that Raburn and Monroe just swap? Is that even possible? I have no idea if that fat contract Monroe has even allows for that or not

  12. Anthony

    July 6, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I was just thinking, Monroe has to clear waivers if he was to be sent down. If someone claims him the Tigs are rid of his awful contract, right?

    Does anyone know what happens if nobody claims him? Am I off-base here?

  13. Adam

    July 6, 2007 at 10:10 am

    It really can’t be Thames by the way, since Thames has basically been transformed into a power-hitting first baseman. Unless we want to bring Shelton up to platoon with Casey (which we probably don’t) we’re going to keep him. The fact that he plays Left Field is just a bonus.

    But really, Raburn is just an outfielder. The person getting replaced should just be an outfielder too…and we know it’s not Maggs or Grandy or Sheff. Who does that leave? Hmmmmm.

  14. Chris in Nashville

    July 6, 2007 at 10:11 am

    I have a feeling this is going to be C-Mo going on the DL for the knee, then let him go to Toledo for a “rehab stint” to see if he can get his swing back down there. I doubt he has options left since he has been in the league for quite a while now. His trade value has never been lower, so it doesn’t make sense to deal him at this point.

  15. Ryan S

    July 6, 2007 at 10:11 am

    At first I got excited, thinking there’s a trade in the works involving Monroe or Thames (hopefully Monroe). Now I’m leaning toward a trip to the DL for Monroe (not real exciting…) Give him a 15 day vacation, followed by some minor league rehabbing and hope he can get it back? It would be an “easy on the ego” way of sending him to AAA for a stretch.

  16. Adam

    July 6, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Never mind. Turns out Raburn is a utility infielder too…Perez?

  17. Ryan S

    July 6, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Adam: your point about Thames at 1B is a good one. Unlikely to see him go.

    Chris: you beat me to the punch on Monroe to the DL. We’ll see if we’re right soon enough.

    Does anyone know if Rayburn is expected to join the club tonight? In other words, will we have an answer today?

  18. T Smith

    July 6, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Wow. Putting Monroe thru waivers. That seems radical. Doesn’t seem like something the Tigers would do… but it would probably be the best thing to do

  19. T Smith

    July 6, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Actually, Ryan, you hit the nail on the head with the DL… that’s exactly what I’d bet on.

    What do you do if, during that time, Raburn goes on a tear? Keep Monroe on the DL?

  20. Dave Wagner

    July 6, 2007 at 10:24 am

    “Does anyone know what happens if nobody claims him?”

    If no one claims a player on waivers, a team can demote said player to the minors.

  21. Ryan S

    July 6, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Monroe had some sort of unspecified knee thing recently, so the DL thing wouldn’t be totally out of nowhere.

    If Raburn goes on a tear? Trade Monroe to STL for Mike Maroth and a PTBNL (haha).

  22. Chris in Nashville

    July 6, 2007 at 10:37 am

    I think we said it at the same time Ryan S, I posted it with 6 comments on here, all of the sudden there were 14 by time my comment got on here. Great minds think alike. I think this much ado about nothing, they have opened the door for the DL stint with the talk about he knee. That gives them time to look at a Thames/Raburn LF combo for a few games AND they can send Monroe to Toledo for a few games for rehab without having to worry about sending him through waivers.

  23. Ryan S

    July 6, 2007 at 10:50 am

    We were all wrong:


    Neifi needed a little Mother’s Little Helper, I guess.

  24. Matt in Toledo

    July 6, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Neifi’s suspended for 25 games. It’s on MLB’s website under press releases, so it’s not just wishful thinking.

    Weird, since Raburn isn’t really a plug-in for Neifi. I would have expected Santiago or even Hannahan.

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  26. Chris in Nashville

    July 6, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Remind me to NOT try whatever supplement Neifi took…..

  27. Chris in Nashville

    July 6, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Oh, it was a greenie…….either way, he needs to try something else, because whatever he’s doing isn’t working.