PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Philadelphia Phillies acquired infielder/outfielder Russell Branyan from Cleveland for cash Thursday.
The Indians also claimed backup infielder Chris Gomez on waivers from Baltimore.
Branyan joins his sixth team since making his major league debut with the Indians in 1998. The 31-year-old, left-handed hitter began this season with San Diego, and hit .197 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 61 games. He was released on July 28, signed with Cleveland on Monday and played one game at Triple-A Buffalo.
The Phillies will announce a move before their game against Florida to make room for Branyan.
In parts of 10 seasons in the majors, Branyan has a career average of .229 with 118 homers and 293 RBIs in 688 games. He's also played for Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay.
Branyan's versatility should help the injury-depleted Phillies. He's played third base, first base and both corner outfield spots.
All-Star second baseman Chase Utley and outfielders Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn are among several players on the disabled list for Philadelphia, which entered the day four games behind the NL East-leading Mets and one back in the wild-card race.
Branyan twice hit more than 20 homers. He had 20 for Cleveland in 2001 and combined for 24 with the Indians and Reds in '02.
Gomez hit .302 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 169 at-bats for the Orioles. He played all four infield positions and was eager to join the AL Central-leading Indians.
``I've heard lots of good things about the Cleveland organization, so it's something to look forward to. But of course I'm going to miss the guys here,'' he said.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Opening 2018 World Series Odds The 2018 World Series opening odds have been released. Who is favored, who is the biggest challenger, and who is also in the mix?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Are the Houston Astros going to clinch their first-ever World Series title Wednesday night in Game 7 with an upset win at the Los Angeles Dodgers? Game time is...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Can the Houston Astros clinch their first-ever World Series title Tuesday night in Game 6 at the Los Angeles...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Los Angeles Dodgers going to ride Clayton Kershaw to a victory over the host Houston Astros in a pivotal Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night? First pitch is at...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series? First pitch is at...

MLB Team Pages