Left Handed Sock, Free to Good Home
442 at bats. .249/.366/.518 line. 110 hits, 60 (!) of them going for extra bases. 79 walks and 169 strikeouts.
Ladies and Gentleman, that’s Russell Branyan, the past three years, against right-handed pitching.
He was designated for assignment by the Brewers, and they’re “attempting to find him a big league job”. He’s already signed for 2006 for the grand total of $800,000 – and the contract is not guaranteed.
The guy has some serious flaws in his game. He’s basically a DH who shouldn’t play the field. He has no business ever facing a left-handed pitcher (.181/.233/.319 vs lefties last 3 years, 1-20 against them last year). He strikes out at an historic rate because of gaping flaws in his swing.
But replace “strikes out” in the last sentance with “makes outs” and that paragraph describes Greg Dobbs as well. And Greg Dobbs is never going to hit 30 homers and draw 80 walks in 500 at-bats.
If the M’s are willing to get past their hatred of strikeouts, they could have a quality bench player for nothing.