The Indians announced the signing of Branyan on Friday afternoon and assigned him to Columbus.
This is Branyan’s fourth stint with the Indians organization. He was originally a 7th round draft pick of the Tribe in 1994, and was traded to the Reds in 2002 for Ben Broussard.
Branyan returned for the first time in 2007 and played just one game for the Buffalo Bison before his contract was purchased by the Phillies. He later returned to the big league club briefly in 2010 and was then shipped to Seattle in exchange for Ezequiel Carrera and Juan Diaz.
It’s unlikely that Branyan makes a significant impact at the major league level, if he even gets called up, but if Jason Giambi is unable to return to full health Branyan could be a viable left-handed pinch hitter for the Tribe in September.
Branyan hasn’t played in the majors since hitting five home runs in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels in 2011, and most recently played for the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican league where he was teammates with other long-since-forgotten majors leaguers such as Ramon Ortiz and Jose Contreras.