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Mets check out Branyan, and morning links

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2009 at 8:19 am with 2 Comments »
November 25, 2009 11:23 am
Russell Branyan
Russell Branyan

The New York Mets came sniffing around free agent first baseman Russell Branyan this week, which might be good news for the Seattle Mariners.

True, the Mets could certainly throw down a larger offer than Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has made, but what Branyan is far more likely to find out is that a two-year deal for him doesn’t exist on the open market.

That’s what he wants in Seattle,  and it’s the sticking point in negotiations, so far.

From Branyan’s point of view, a multi-year deal is understandable. At 33, he had the best season of a career that began in 1994 and has – so far –  included stops with seven teams. He’s never had job security, or a large payday by baseball standards.

For the Mariners, meanwhile, the issue is Branyan’s back and whether it can stand up to a 162-game season. In 2009, he batted .251 with 31 home runs and 78 RBI, playing in 116 games. That’s sweet production, but after the All-Star break he hit just .193.

Branyan is testing a market that’s a little gray in the tooth, with more than 60 free agents 35 years old or beyond. His salary last season was $1.4 million, so he’s certainly an affordable pickup.

But the Mets aren’t Branyan’s answer to Zduriencik’s approach. New York is looking at a one-year offer, too, as will most every team that inquires.

Branyan is wanted in Seattle, where teammates and fans love him, Safeco Field is built for him and he has a manager who supports his desire to be an every day player.

What he’s likely to find on the market is no better – and certainly no longer – than what the Mariners are offering.

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  1. Even after 20 straight days of rain and gloom, this Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the fact that I don’t have to read Patrick Reusse everyday.

  2. FewWords111 says:

    Re: Griffey. It is a good payday for a nice player, Thanks Ken and Thanks Jack! Nice and good that’s all I’ve got

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