ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians have reached a one-year deal with first baseman/designated hitter Russell Branyan. The deal is worth $2 million. Writes Olney:
Branyan's deal also includes a possible $1 million in incentives for this year, and contains a $5 million mutual option for 2011.
This will be Branyan's fourth stint with the Tribe. His career began with Cleveland, where he played from 1998 until 2002.
Cleveland traded Branyan at the beginning of the 2002 season for Ben Broussard. In 2004, the Richmond Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves traded Branyan to Cleveland where he was assigned to the minors.
The Indians traded Branyan to Milwaukee for cash considerations in July of 2004.
In 882 career games he has hit 162 home runs with a .234 batting average.