Branyan, a 36-year-old corner infielder/outfielder is a 14-year vet and has always been a low average, high-power guy -- he has a career line that reads like an Adam Dunn fan's wet dream: .232 / .329 / .485. He's managed to scrape together around 11 wins above replacement over those 14 seasons, mostly on the back of that power.
Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger notes that the Branyan deal is indeed a minor league one and won't hurt the team since there's little risk. Further, the deal should have no impact on pursuing "Chavez, Matsui, Damon, Ibanez, etc."
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "yankees sign branyan to minor-league deal. big power, nice insurance"
- Twitter / @MarcCarig - "Indeed, it's a minor league deal for Russell Branyan and the Yankees. As with all minor league deals, it can't hurt. No risk."
- Twitter / @MarcCarig -"As with Hall yesterday, adding Branyan on minor league deal shouldn't impact Yankees with Chavez, Matsui, Damon, Ibanez, etc."
- Twitter / @MarcCarig -"Hearing Yankees don't view Branyan as an option at third base, which is what a guy like Chavez could bring to the table."
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