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The Indians sign Russell Branyan to a minor league deal

Aug 29, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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Russell Branyan has been playing for Tijuana in the Mexican League this year. For reals. He has 19 homers for them. He’s still listed on their roster, actually.  But now the Cleveland Indians have him, as they signed him to a minor league deal for the rest of the season.

Branyan hasn’t played in the bigs since 2011. It’s doubtful he’ll actually play in the bigs this year. The Clippers are in the International League playoffs — I have tickets for their game against the Durham Bulls next Thursday! — this may be more of a ringer-on-a-softball-team move than something designed to help the big club. Of course, if he hits well for the next week or whatever and the Indians want a power bat on the bench when rosters expand, that’s not a bad thing either.

In other news, between Jim Thome‘s one-day/retirement contract, Jason Giambi and now Branyan, the Indians are assembling all of my favorite toys this year. If they sign Jack Cust or trade for Adam Dunn, I’ll be in heaven.

  1. philliesblow - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Richie Sexson’s available, may as well sign him too.

  2. miguelcairo - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Geoff Jenkins! Jermaine Dye! Preston Wilson!

  3. tribefever - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Was Ben Broussard unavailable?

  4. kinggator - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He’s been keeping a low profile since the divorce from Katy Perry; good for him for signing with the Tribe!

  5. mplsjoe - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    When his phone rang, did he roll over, hung over, and complain that if someone was going to pull his leg he could at least say he was from the Yankees?

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