ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 03: Russell Branyan #39 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 3, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated Dodgers 3-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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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