The Arizona Diamondbacks needed to clear a position player from their 25-man roster and someone from their 40-man roster in order for Micah Owings to make a start against the Twins today. They checked both boxes by releasing Russell Branyan, who hasn't hit nearly as well in the regular season as he did this spring.
May 21, 2011
A little over a month into the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks' three-headed first base monster has not been productive. While manager Kirk Gibson doesn't plan on making changes anytime soon, it may be hard to ignore a couple of alternatives toiling in the farm system.
May 10, 2011
Paul Goldschmidt not only won the 2010 California League MVP and FutureBacks.com Position Player of the Year Award for Visalia, but he was the best position player in the entire organization last season. For an encore, Goldie has had a superlative spring that put him in the running for the Arizona Diamondbacks' opening day roster.
March 14, 2011
Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen had been the main candidates for the job of Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, with Xavier Nady, Geoff Blum, and Melvin Mora behind them with plenty of first base experience on their resumes. Now another name - Russell Branyan - has been thrown into the mix, despite general manager Kevin Towers' alleged aversion to strikeouts.
February 20, 2011