Russell Branyan agrees to deal with Yankees


NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will try to win a bench job as a corner infielder during spring training.

The Yankees announced the deal Wednesday.

Branyan hit .197 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 127 at-bats last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels, playing first base, third base and designated hitter. He has not played the outfield in the major leagues since 2007.

The 36-year-old has a .232 career average with 194 home runs in 14 major league seasons with 10 teams.

The Yankees also signed minor league deals with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen and outfielder Dewayne Wise on Wednesday.