MLB: AP source: Branyan reaches agreement with Indians
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that first baseman Russell Branyan has reached a preliminary agreement to rejoin the Cleveland Indians.
The deal is subject to a physical, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract isnít final. Branyanís medical exam is scheduled for Tuesday.
Originally selected by the Indians on the seventh round on the 1994 amateur draft, Branyan played for Cleveland from 1998 until he was traded to Cincinnati in June 2002 for Ben Broussard.
Now 34, he set career highs of 31 homers and 76 RBIs for Seattle last year, when he hit .251. He didnít play after Aug. 28 because of a herniated disk in his back.
His agreement was first reported by ESPN.com.