Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Russell Branyan Off the Market

From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

In other player developments, the Padres picked up the $1 million option on corner infielder/outfielder Russell Branyan..."Right now, Branyan's our third baseman,” Towers said. β€œHe gives us protection at third. For a million bucks, a guy that versatile with that type of power – it's pretty much a no-brainer.”

Russell Branyan is now officially off the market. Even though he is utterly useless against lefties, he is still a very valuable player because he has shown himself to be capable of destroying righties while also being able to play a "competent" third base. Branyan would have been a good fit for the Phillies in 2007, and, in all honesty, a great fit for the Phils in 2006 as the platoon partner with David Bell; it is no exaggeration to say that with Russell Branyan on the roster in '06, the Philadelphia Phillies would have made the playoffs (again, not because Branyan is a world beater but because Abe Nunez was so historically bad). No point in wondering what if, I suppose...all we can do now is cross Branyan off the list of potential third base solutions and set our sights elsewhere.


Blogger Adam said...

It's clear as day that Ramirez is the perfect fit in Philly, easily making them a playoff team in 2007. The comment "I want to be a Cub for the rest of my life." kinda diminishes some hope, but moneytalks and people walk, right?

2:39 PM  
Blogger XXX said...

There is no doubt in my mind that Ramirez will go to the highest bidder. Whether that's the Phillies, the Cubs, the Angels, etc., is anybody's guess.

8:07 PM  

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