Report: Russell Branyan Accepts Tribe Offer

Russell Branyan has reportedly accepted the Cleveland Indians one-year contract offer, however Indians officials will not confirm reports as Branyan has yet to pass a physical.

He is expected to do so at the Indians complex in Goodyear but the time table for that is unknown.

ESPN's Buster Olney has contract details that say Branyan will get a $2 million dollar base salary with up to $1 million dollars in incentives. He also says there is a mutual option for 2011 that can earn him up to $5 million dollars.

Apparently now there is a concern that Matt LaPorta needs more time at first base.

I will have more on this tomorrow and in the Spring Training primer on Sunday, so I won't go into it now.

But Ken Rosenthal recently tweeted that Branyan picked the Indians over the Rays because there was more at bats available with Cleveland. I question where those at-bats will come from as they've already committed a hefty chunk of change to Travis Hafner at DH and it was expected to be Matt LaPorta's show at first.

Now if LaPorta isn't healthy from the start, I kind of understand, but why would you bring in a guy like Branyan to block him after he gets healthy? I thought Shelley Duncan was a fair insurance policy and someone who could fill in until LaPorta was ready to go, if that was the case.

As I said, more tomorrow and Sunday on this move, because he still has to pass a physical, which isn't guaranteed considering he had those back issues flare up last year.

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