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Tribe signs Raburn, Francisco

By Sheldon Ocker Published: January 21, 2013

  The Indians today signed Ben Francisco and Ryan Raburn, two utility players, to minor-league contracts with invitations to major-legue spring training camp.

  Raburn, 31,  has spent all of his career in the Tigers' organizaton. Last year, he batted .171 with one home run and 12 RBI in 66 games. He also plyed 15 games at Triple-A Toledo, batting .250.

   Injuries to his thumb and right quad put him on the disabled list twice.

  Raburn plays all three outfield positions plus second and third base.

  Francisco came up in the Tribe organization but was part of the 2009 deal with the Phillies that brought Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson to Cleveland for Cliff Lee.

   Last year, Francisco played for three teams --Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay -- batting a combined .240 with four homers, 15 RBI dn 14 run in 82 games.

   He has played mostly left and right field but has also played center.


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