Branyan Wants Multi-Year Deal
Jim Street checks in with a quote from Russ Branyan, who is willing to hit the free agent market in pursuit of a multi-year contract.
“I’m not a bad guy, not a selfish guy,” he said from his offseason home. “I don’t know if there is a two- or three-year deal out there for me, but I would like to have more than a one-year deal. I don’t want another one-and-done [contract].”
Wanting security doesn’t make Branyan selfish or a bad guy. But he’s not getting it. He turns 34 in a month and he has a herniated disc in his back that caused him to miss the last two months of the season. Nobody is guaranteeing him any substantial money in 2011. He can look for a two or three year deal, but he won’t find one. Not in this market, not with his back. He also added:
“My agent [Danny Lozano] said he’s confident that we will get something done with Seattle,” Branyan said. “He also told me not to take the [one-year offer] personally. It’s just part of the negotiating process. He knows and the Mariners know I would take less to play there than somewhere else. All I want is to be treated fairly.”
I’d still be fairly confident that the M’s and Branyan will work something out too, but if he’s really dead set on getting more than one year, it’s going to take a while. He’s going to have to hit the market, feel the cold sting of rejection, and realize that the M’s were being fair. He’s just too risky to give a mutli-year deal too.