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D-Backs add Branyan

Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:46 pm
Russell Branyan
With Mark Reynolds and Adam LaRoche out the door, there was a need for power in Arizona, and the Diamondbacks on Wednesday addressed that by signing journeyman first baseman Russell Branyan. He gets a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp, according to Jon Heyman of

Branyan, 35, has averaged 28 homers the past two seasons in Cleveland and Seattle. While he doesn't really help Arizona's strikeout problem, he should find home run success in the confines of Chase Field. There also should be starts available at first base, with Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen currently listed at the spot.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 7:23 pm

D-Backs add Branyan

So much for Towers and Gibson remaking the D-Backs by getting rid of strikeout-prone, low-average players. Branyan is Mark Reynolds, but a few years older.

Looking more and more like the NL West will come down to the Rockies and Giants.

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