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Watching the Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn sagas play out in Detroit was almost equally painful.
Many people place the blame on manager Jim Leyland, who has been known to be loyal to a fault to aging veterans, but if Dombrowski would've gotten rid of the dead weight earlier, these two wouldn't have had the opportunity to be distractions in Detroit for so long.
After spending over 10 years in Detroit, the Tigers were painfully slow in getting rid of Inge, sending him down to Triple-A Toledo in 2011 when he was hitting below .200. Inge hadn't hit above .250 since 2006 and his power numbers and defensive capabilities had dwindled.
Raburn followed a similar path as Inge, going down to the minors a couple times in his last year in Detroit.
Raburn hit .291 in 2009 and .280 in 2010—his best years in Detroit—but after that, he went downhill fast.
He hit .256 in 2011 and had poor power numbers after getting the most playing time of his career, appearing in 121 games. It got even worse in 2012 when Raburn became a joke, hitting .171 with one home run and 12 RBI in 66 games before finally getting released after the season.