The Yankees have released Russell Branyan, according to Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune (via Twitter). The veteran was with the club's Triple-A affiliate for the bulk of the year.
Branyan, 36, missed considerable time with back issues this season. The slugger played in just 33 games for Scranton Wilkes-Barre but posted an impressive .309/.438/.655 slash line with eleven homers. Branyan has not played in a game since July 6, when ESPN.com's Buster Olney suggested that he might have played his way into drawing trade interest.
A few years ago this was the Indians “big” offseason upgrade. He was mediocre as expected, but surprisingly the front office was able to trade him to the Mariners for Zeke Carerra (a potential solid 4th outfielder). It seems like every time we trade with the Mariners, we get something good in return. The exception of course was Luis Valbuena.
Yeah&he hit 10 dingers,25 ribs in 160 ab’s for your sorry crew,then lead the M’s for the 2nd year in a row with 15 homers in only 57 games!after the deal[31 in 116 games,430 ab’s in 2009]Ya may not dig Brany but you deserve the production your getting from Hafner for what$ 13,14,15 mill per season?Ha,homes.
Dude could rake in the right ballpark, such as NYS, but he won’t get a chance to play, as usual.
Tell it bro.Russ ranks 15th all time in h.r. frequency with a dinger every 14.8 at bats.194 taters in less than 3,000[2,954]at bats.As a part time player averaged 30 homers,71 ribs every 449 at bats.And has only had 1 year with more than 400 at bats![2009,31 homers in 431 ab’s]
Hope he hooks up with a club if back improves to get too 200 bombs and 500 ribs[needs 6&33] before hanging ’em up.Never got the chance a lot of all or nothing guys got.Some of it his fault with the injuries the last 3-4 years.”you never close your eyes”
Could Branyan be a fit for the Dodgers ???
EVERYONE in the Major Leagues is a fit for the Dodgers!…I hear they’re looking to upgrade at the ‘ball boy’ position before the playoffs start. Buster Olney says they’re in talks with the Yankees, Phillies, and the Angels on a few ‘ball girls’ to round out their field roster. After that, they’re concentrating on the Grounds Crews next….and the rumor are they’re talking with Arizona about their backup crew.
Send Lowe with him.