After 11 years of injuries and being considered a bench player/pinch-hitter, Russell Branyan finally got everything he wanted in 2009. For the first time in his major league career, Branyan got an opportunity to be an everyday player. In 2009 with the Seattle Mariners, Branyan played in a career high 116 games and had a career high 505 ABs. In those 116 games, Branyan hit .251 with 31 home runs and an .867 OPS. His .867 OPS ranked seventh amongst American League first baseman. It was a pretty good time for Branyan to have a career year, as he was a free agent after the 2009 season. However, things havenÆt gone according to plan since Branyan filed for free agency back in November. Branyan thought he was worthy of a multi-year deal and rejected the MarinersÆ one-year deal early in the fr ...
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