Vets Russell Branyan and John Maine signed free agent deals yesterday: Branyan with the Diamondbacks, and Maine with the Rockies, meaning both will play out of the same division. If, they make their respective rosters, that is.
Maine, 30, is a walking M*A*S*H unit, having logged 261 innings over the past three years, as a starting pitcher.
He is coming off an injury plagued, horrible season of 1-3, 6.13, over 39.2 innings. Everything about Maine screams names "danger danger, warning Will Robinson," with 47 hits allowed and 25 walks on top of the three year nose dive.
However, Maine did whiff 39 over those 39.2 innings, and 216 over that total 261 innings, and that means he is around the plate, and can put away a batter. So, Maine just might have some Carl Pavano in him. In a deep league, Maine is totally worth stashing on a reserve list.
Branyan, on the other hand, is worth stashing on the scrap heap. Actually, that is not totally fair, but it seems right. He is, however, a late round gamble for some extra pop in a deep environment, as his 68 homers to 153 RBI, and just 135 runs suggest no additional production worthy of much.
I mean, over 871 at-bats (the 939 total, minus 68 for the homers), Branyan only copped 67 hits--outside of the homers--on which he scored. That is horrible.