Devil Rays assigned 3B Russell Branyan and 3B Greg Norton to minor league camp.
Then why'd they even sign Branyan in the first place? Just to hurt his chances of helping another team this year? Branyan was limited by a back injury this spring, but he hit extremely well when he was in the lineup. He's also a better defender than Aubrey Huff at third base. Branyan could help nearly every team in baseball, the Rays especially. Instead, Tampa Bay will go with a bottom half of the lineup that features little in the way of on-base skills or power.