Source: Russell Branyan to join Indians

Updated: February 19, 2010, 5:23 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

First baseman Russell Branyan, who hit 31 homers for the Mariners last season, has decided to sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Indians, a baseball source said Friday.

Branyan's deal also includes a possible $1 million in incentives for this year, and contains a $5 million mutual option for 2011. Branyan, 33, drove in 76 runs in 116 games for Seattle last season, and drew 58 walks.

The Indians were expected to try Matt LaPorta at first base, but there is concern that ...

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