Discussion

Don't count out Tigers' emerging Raburn yet

Updated: February 22, 2010, 5:28 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Fantasy baseball's long winter nightmare ended over the weekend, when Johnny Damon finally agreed to play for the Detroit Tigers. I don't have a ton to say about this move that colleague Tristan Cockcroft didn't ably cover in Saturday's spin. I agree Damon's numbers will look quite a bit more like they did in 2007-08, when he averaged 15 home runs, 67 RBIs and 28 stolen bases and hit .287. Well, he won't run that much, but the point is that he's a good fantasy player who has, in a small sample size, hit very well at Comerica Park (.363 batting average, 189 plate appearances). To me, Damon is still a top-100 fantasy player.

However, as in any February signing when the new team already had plans for others, someone has to lose playing time, and I always feel badly for this fellow. At some point, Felipe Lopez will negatively impact a wide-eyed infielder longing for a chance (David Freese in St. Louis, possibly?), and Rod Barajas' signing with the New York Mets means patient catcher Josh Thole probably has to be patient another year.


To see why Eric thinks Ryan Raburn is one of the Tigers' top hitters, become an ESPN Insider now!

ESPN TOP HEADLINES

MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM