Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians acquired third baseman- outfielder Russell Branyan from the Atlanta Braves Sunday for a player to be named later.
Branyan, who was playing in the Braves' farm system, began his career in the Cleveland organization after becoming a seventh-round selection of the Indians in 1994. He was traded to Cincinnati for current first baseman Ben Broussard on June 7, 2002.
In 11 games this season with the Richmond Braves, Branyan batted .179 with a home run and four RBI, striking out 11 times.
Branyan has compiled a .227 career batting average with 70 homers, 180 RBI, and 449 strikeouts in 400 major league games with the Indians and Reds.