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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017

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.

 

 

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0 #5 Perry Van Hook 2011-02-19 22:18
I really doubt that as reports so far are that Nady will play LF on a full time basis - and I think that would be better for his hitting than moving him back and forth.
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0 #4 Ryan Carey 2011-02-19 03:05
Quoting Captain Hook:
he would have value as the LH part of a platoon.


That is exactly what I think you will see to start the year. I think you will see a three or four man rotation between 1B/of with Allen/Nady/Branyan and Parra or Miranda. Parra seems like the biggest loser here to me as I think Allen will steal even more time in the OF. I think Arizona looks at Branyan much as the Indians did last year. You bring him in, let him do what he does and hope you can spin him off at some point for a couple prospects. The Indians got two young players for Branyan last year from Seattle.
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0 #3 Lawr Michaels 2011-02-19 00:25
thx ryan. and, i have to confess, it was hard to not mention jack cust in the same piece! but, cust, to his credit, has a job anyway. but, i am thinking of writing about cust for tomorrow.

perry, i actually did note in a deep league he was worth a late power gamble pick.
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0 #2 Perry Van Hook 2011-02-18 23:03
Unfortunately for Branyan or Branyan owners if there are such things, Arizona was not a great place for him to land - the other two (younger) first basemen, Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen also hit from the left side. Despite Lawr's stat, he would have value as the LH part of a platoon.
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0 #1 Ryan Carey 2011-02-18 09:03
Lawr - you are the best! I saw the Branyan news today and thought to myself, "Lawr will have something to say about this." and sure enough you didn't disappoint.

Well, one thing at least is clear - Jack Cust has some company as that late round power boost if you need it. I actually am intrigued by what Branyan can do in Chase Field in even limited AB's. With Brandon Allen and Juan Miranda being his main competition - I think it is a smart move by Arizona to add Branyan to the mix in case the kids aren't ready.
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