Trade Candidate: Russell Branyan

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said recently that the club has committed most of its starts at first base to Juan Miranda, who is out of options. This leaves a pretty good offensive player in Russell Branyan on the bench and an interesting prospect in Brandon Allen down at Triple-A.

It seems like the Snakes are committed to finding out what they have in Miranda, and by that logic, it stands to reason that Allen could be next in line if Miranda falters. That would leave Branyan and his prodigious power without consistent at-bats.

Signed to a one-year, minor league deal, Branyan could be a source of cheap pop for a contending team in search of power as the season wears on. Here's a look at some potential suitors for Branyan's services.

  • The Angels are in limbo while Kendry Morales continues to mend from last year's broken leg, and the slugger's return still appears to be a ways off. Current first baseman Mark Trumbo is considered a modest prospect, although he has gotten off to a solid start this season.
  • The Rangers have similar options at first base in Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis (who's currently in the minors), though Moreland has shown better on-base skills. The Rangers won't need Moreland to be a stud in what is a loaded lineup, but they can't tolerate severe struggles, either.
  • The Tigers could probably use another power bat, but they'd have to get creative and take a defensive risk to accomodate Branyan, moving the defensively shaky Victor Martinez behind the dish full time to free up the DH spot.
  • The Rays seem committed to Dan Johnson – who profiles similarly to Branyan – at first base, but he has gotten off to a slow start and has always toed the line between the Majors and minors, even spending a year in Japan recently. As well, Johnson's power is probably not quite on par with Branyan's.
  • The Braves have a 21-year-old rookie in Freddie Freeman at first, and though he is regarded as a high-end prospect, it's hardly a given that he'll produce adequately considering his age. Eric Hinske is the backup there but has settled in nicely as a pinch-hitter and occasional starter in recent years.

Of course, a lot could happen between now and June, when the trade market begins taking shape, as Ben Nicholson-Smith noted earlier today. But Branyan looks like a strong candidate to change teams this season – just as he did a year ago, going from the Indians to the Mariners.


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44 Comments on "Trade Candidate: Russell Branyan"


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RAYS7
4 years 2 months ago

I think Branyan would be a nice offensive lift for the Rays

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inleylandwetrust
4 years 2 months ago

That offense sure has been atrocious. Kinda wish I took a different pitcher than Price in my fantasy league now. He’l be lucky to win 12.

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jwsox
4 years 2 months ago

you do realize that he has at least 28 more starts and longoria will be back soon right

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dc21892
4 years 2 months ago

Yep, Longoria is going to carry the team all by himeself.

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Lunchbox45
4 years 2 months ago

hes fully capable

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dc21892
4 years 2 months ago

No, he’s not. He can play third base and play it well. He can hit the ball, and hit it well. But at the end of the day he’s going to hit 25-30 homers with a .300 BA. Maybe he’ll get 100 RBI with that lineup. You’re going to tell me that’s going to improve the team THAT much? NOPE. Sorry, you need a full team.

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formerdraftpick
4 years 2 months ago

Now that Manny got suspended for crack, he would be a great fit at DH.

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Mr_Anderson1017
4 years 2 months ago

I really doubt KT will trade him. Branyan makes the bench better and isn’t much of a trade chip, so why not just keep him?

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branyfan
4 years 2 months ago

because he has never been good coming off the bench.needs 300-350 at bats to be successful.Every time he’s got 300 or more at bats[4 times]he’s hit more than 20 homers&knocked in over 50 runs.As a pinch hitter he’s a putrid 22-142.130 b.a.Homers every 14.8 at bats[14th all time]Only 1 every 37 at bats as a pinch hitter.56 homers the last 2 years despite missing 96 games.AVERAGES 31 h.r’s&75 ribs every 450 at bats.Needs to play,doesn’t have to be every day,to be valuable and deserves better than what he is looking at in Arizona.

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4 years 2 months ago

It’s a shame Branyan can’t settle in somewhere as a DH. I would think the Mariners might be interested again depending on what happens with Smoak and their own DH situation.

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inleylandwetrust
4 years 2 months ago

The only reason Martinez would move behind the plate full time would be to give Boesch full time at bats in right with Magglio moving to DH and keeping Raburn in left. But the way Avila has swung the stick the past few games that won’t be happening anytime soon.

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azdsnd
4 years 2 months ago

As the season progresses, I don’t think that Alex Avila’s bat is going to be keeping anybody on the bench…

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Chuck Norris
4 years 2 months ago

Angels?

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4 years 2 months ago

Doubtful. Morales should be back in 30ABs or so, and Trumbo is doing alright in his place.