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The Marlins make an offer to Russell Branyan

Feb 2, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

Branyan headshot.jpgJayson Stark is reporting that the Marlins have made an offer to Russell Branyan. It’s a major league deal with a low base and incentives. In that way it’s probably much like the $1.4 million he made in Seattle last year, where he hit 31 dingers.

Problem for him, though, is that he missed a lot of time down the stretch with a bad back, and when power is your game, a bad back is bad news. It also ended up being bad news for his market, inasmuch as he was reportedly expecting to sign a multi-year deal someplace to start at first. Given that the Marlins current first base options — Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez — are youngins, he may yet get to start, but it’s almost certainly going to be a one-and-done for Branyan.

Assuming he accepts the offer, that is. Which he should. Because really, I’m not sure who else would give him one at this point.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Point one: when the Feesh have made you your best offer of the offseason, before making a final decision you might want to talk to your rabbi about going to live on a kibbutz for a year. It’s not so much what the Feesh must think of you, but what it says about what everyone else must think of you.
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    Point two: the Feesh are a good team to play for if you value your privacy. Joeprodolsharlife Stadium is a great place to work out swings that compensate for a disintegrating disc or two without worrying that there’ll be enough of a crowd for you to hear the boos. And you can buy lycopene on the black market in Little Havana for pennies a kilo.
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    Point three: in all fairness to Larry Beinfest (whereas Scrooge McLoria and his little jester with the eyeball hat don’t deserve any “fairness”), lots of guys have put in a year of rehab with the Feesh and then gone on to bigger and better things…er…contracts, at least.
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    Point four: those big ugly trees with all the tendrils and the iguanas upstairs that blow over so easily in hurricanes, block up our streets and take days to saw up are banyans, not Branyans. Don’t come down here because you think you’ve got cousins in town upon whose couches you can crash. You will have to pay rent somewhere.

  2. BC - Feb 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Why on Earth the Mets don’t throw $4-5mil at him for a year is beyond me.
    Oops. Omar Minaya. I forgot. Sorry.

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