"Pretty much my whole career, I've been a role, bench-type guy," Raburn said. "It's not something I just came into the last year or two. I'm used to it, but I also take pride in it, too. It's hard. Not many guys can go out there and not play for a few days and be successful. I think I've done pretty well for myself to be able to have success doing that. It's not something I take lightly."
"Of course, everybody would love to be an everyday player and be a superstar, but in all reality not everybody's going to be that. If I can be somebody that can come off the bench and have success and help the ballclub win, then that's what I'll do."
Raburn will earn $900,000 this season if he makes the team. The first seven seasons of his career from 2004-12 were spent with the Tigers, followed by three seasons with the Indians and 2016 with the Rockies.
Last season with Colorado, Raburn batted .220/.309/.404 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 113 games. He did thrive vs. left-handed pitching with a 1.196 OPS in 32 plate appearances vs. lefty relievers. Lifetime vs. left-handers, he has an .827 OPS vs. .685 against right-handers.
Raburn has played seven positions over his career. The only two he hasn't are catcher and shortstop.
"I really see him as a corner outfielder or first baseman. Then in a pinch or extra innings, if we need him to play second or third, we could do that," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Both Raburn and the recently-signed Desmond Jennings -- also a non-roster invite -- have good chances to make the team because of their veteran experience.
Raburn's career stats have one quirk. In recent even-numbered years, he has struggled, while he has thrived in odd-numbered seasons. For example, for Cleveland in 2015, he batted .301 with a .393 on-base percentage.
"I've had three tough years, you know what I mean? Unfortunately it's been part of the last five years," Raburn said. "It's been that trend. But for a while there, for four of five straight years, I was pretty good. But this is a tough game. There's a lot of good talent out here. I think if I was the type of guy who could do it day-in and day-out, I'd be making a lot more money and wouldn't be looking for Minor League deals. I still believe I can play at this level. Hopefully, if the odd-year thing is what it's turning out to be, then this is the year."