The Diamondbacks signed 13-year veteran, Russell Branyan, to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The 35-year-old first baseman will compete for a position on the active 25 player roster. Branyan offers tremendous power to an Arizona lineup that lost 3B Mark Reynolds and 1B Adam LaRoche in off-season transactions. However, the first baseman strikes out at an alarming rate less than every three at-bats for his career. Branyan has compiled a lifetime .234 AVG, 189 home runs, and 453 RBIs for eight different MLB clubs.
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Written by Josh Robbins
Josh is a freelance video-journalist and baseball historian in Chandler, Arizona. In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach. From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all Thirty Major League Baseball stadiums in a world record 26 days by car. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at Thirty27.com.