Indians Sign Russell Branyan

The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the MajorsĀ in 2011 when he split the season between the D’Backs and Angels. Branyan hit .197/.295/.370 with just five homers in 146 PA that year.

The Indians drafted Branyan back in the seventh round of the 1994 draft, and since that time they’ve now signed him three times and traded for him once as well. Branyan, now 38 years of age, has seen the Majors in parts of 14 different seasons between the Indians, Brewers, Padres, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rays, Phillies, Cardinals and Angels. He’s a lifetime .232/.329/.485 hitter with 194 homers, including a career-high 31 back in 2009 with Seattle.

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11 Comments on "Indians Sign Russell Branyan"

11 months 6 days ago

So a former Indians great resigns with them after washing out and playing in the Mexican League…is this Major League 3?

11 months 6 days ago

“This guy here is dead.

Cross him off, then.”

11 months 6 days ago

I’m sure Branyan hung up the phone when they called and said this is the Cleveland Indians.

11 months 6 days ago

Wow, an OPS over .800 in his career with an average around .230. There are really 3 true outcome with this guy !

11 months 6 days ago

I looked up the guy recently because Juan Fransisco reminded me of him, nice to see teams have interest in him still.

11 months 6 days ago

Russell the Muscle is alive! Well, at least in the minors.

11 months 6 days ago

he played with the reds too

Scott Krouse
11 months 6 days ago

If this is anything more than a ceremonial one-day contract, I question Antonetti’s sanity.

connfyoozed .
11 months 6 days ago

Wow. I had to read this headline 3 times before I believed that it was for real.

11 months 6 days ago

Can’t believe Russell the Muscle is still in baseball! Thought he was long retired!

Tyler Claus Coners
11 months 5 days ago

Russell the Muscle…Columbus (AAA) made the playoffs so I can see why this kinda makes sense. Use him as a PH.