Mets Should Sign Russell Branyan
With the Mets failing to sign Bengie Molina, they are left with more holes to fill beyond their pitching. They have Carlos Beltran out for at least two months, they don't have a solid first baseman, nor do they have a solid catcher. That's not to say that Daniel Murphy is not a good player and Omir Santos. They have potential, but the Mets don't need potential, they don't need "hope so" players, especially in their lineup.
The Mets had Bay and Molina as their primary targets for this offseason because they were well aware of the weak pitchers market they would face this winter. To compensate for that weak pitchers market, they went after offense. Since they failed to sign Molina, the next best options at the catcher position are Torrealba and Barajas and the Mets are not fond of either, not to mention, Torrealba failed a physical with the Mets three years ago and has filed a grievance against them.
So who should the Mets set their sights on to fill the holes in their lineup? My suggestion, why not Russell Branyan? Yes, he has been plagued with injuries in the past, '03 arthroscopic surgery, '05 fractured middle finger, with more injuries, and has been quite a journeyman, he did however put up some good numbers that would fit well in the Mets lineup. He played 116 games for Seattle, 21 doubles, 31 homeruns, 76 RBI's. His slugging percentage was .520 and although he strikes out a lot and doesn't really hit for average, he still draws more walks and hits more homeruns than your average player.
If there are concerns about injuries, the Mets could sign him for a one year deal so they wouldn't have to take a risk with him as he gets older because he is 35 years old, but he plays firstbase and they wouldn't have to invest in him for more than a year, especially when they are expecting Ike Davis to hopefully be coming up soon. He also plays the outfield, and third base if Francouer, Bay, or Wright needed a day off.
Russell Branyan has been out there for awhile so I don't see why the Mets shouldn't take a chance. If health is a reason why they shouldn't take a chance, then they shouldn't take a chance with John Smoltz nor Ben Sheets and especially Carlos Delgado, whom they are considering bringing back and he's in the midst of rehabbing and getting back in shape.
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