Russell Branyan Moving On From Seattle

Russell Branyan is reluctantly moving on from the Mariners, reports MLB.com's Jim Street.  After hearing the Ms acquired Casey Kotchman, Branyan called GM Jack Zduriencik to thank him for the opportunity.  Street says Branyan has no hard feelings, though the slugger indicated talks with the Mariners ended rather abruptly after the Winter Meetings.

Branyan says he has a couple of interested teams, and he expects a Major League deal.  He came into the offseason aiming for two years, but the Mariners would only offer one year and a club option.  Branyan says he feels great despite back woes marring the second half of his season.  He still managed 31 home runs, second only to Jason Bay among free agents this offseason.

Assuming Branyan is open to a DH job, the White Sox, Tigers, or Royals could be a fit.  The Orioles, A's, or Mets could consider him at first base.  Branyan, 34, earned $1.75MM in '09.


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81 Comments on "Russell Branyan Moving On From Seattle"


rorad
5 years 7 months ago

I think he’ll go to the A’s or the Royals.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

The A’s have Chris Carter at first and Jack Cust at DH and the Royals have Billy Butler and Possibly Josh Fields at DH. I would love to see him on the Royals but knowing Dayton Moore, I’m not sure…

rootman1010
5 years 7 months ago

daric barton will get innings at 1st too

rootman1010
5 years 7 months ago

daric barton will get innings at 1st too

5 years 7 months ago

The Royals have Callaspo/Butler/Fields and when Guillen gets hurt, as DH options. The Royals dont need a DH type player right now. They need pitching if anything.

5 years 7 months ago

The Royals have Callaspo/Butler/Fields and when Guillen gets hurt, as DH options. The Royals dont need a DH type player right now. They need pitching if anything.

scatterbrian
5 years 7 months ago

Carter isn’t ready.

scatterbrian
5 years 7 months ago

Carter isn’t ready.

5 years 7 months ago

add Jake Fox to that pile.

5 years 7 months ago

add Jake Fox to that pile.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

The A’s have Chris Carter at first and Jack Cust at DH and the Royals have Billy Butler and Possibly Josh Fields at DH. I would love to see him on the Royals but knowing Dayton Moore, I’m not sure…

rorad
5 years 7 months ago

I think he’ll go to the A’s or the Royals.

TVReviewsion
5 years 7 months ago

He’s a good guy. I’ll miss him. Too bad he couldn’t stay in Seattle, but he didn’t fit the plans.

TVReviewsion
5 years 7 months ago

He’s a good guy. I’ll miss him. Too bad he couldn’t stay in Seattle, but he didn’t fit the plans.

5 years 7 months ago

As long as he doesn’t wind up on the twins, I’d love to see him come back to the AL Cental. I enjoy watching him strikeout.

5 years 7 months ago

Same, only I hope it’s the Sox he doesn’t end up with.

5 years 7 months ago

As long as he doesn’t wind up on the twins, I’d love to see him come back to the AL Cental. I enjoy watching him strikeout.

Rudolf
5 years 7 months ago

I bet Jack is worried about his back.

Rudolf
5 years 7 months ago

I bet Jack is worried about his back.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Tigers would be a goot fit…

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Tigers would be a goot fit…

5 years 7 months ago

Good fit for the Braves, shame they “have no money”

5 years 7 months ago

Good fit for the Braves, shame they “have no money”

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

I thank Jack Zduriencik too for sticking to his guns and letting Russell showcase his talent. I wonder about the eye training exercises he went through in the off season and wonder how it would benefit other players as well.

I would personally like to see him go with the Mets because I don’t think he’ll log more than 430 AB’s this coming year. That might allow for a good split between Russell and Murphy.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

I thank Jack Zduriencik too for sticking to his guns and letting Russell showcase his talent. I wonder about the eye training exercises he went through in the off season and wonder how it would benefit other players as well.

I would personally like to see him go with the Mets because I don’t think he’ll log more than 430 AB’s this coming year. That might allow for a good split between Russell and Murphy.

5 years 7 months ago

Russell the Muscle I have never seen a guy hit long home runs as effortless as him, I was at the Game in 08 when he hit the pinch hit walk off 465 ft into the dew deck

5 years 7 months ago

Russell the Muscle I have never seen a guy hit long home runs as effortless as him, I was at the Game in 08 when he hit the pinch hit walk off 465 ft into the dew deck

deedublu
5 years 7 months ago

There must be serious concerns over his back.

deedublu
5 years 7 months ago

There must be serious concerns over his back.

kdirk
5 years 7 months ago

Brad Nelson to the M’s, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times.

kdirk
5 years 7 months ago

Brad Nelson to the M’s, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times.