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Ben Broussard | First Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: McNeese State
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN

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Royals signed 1B Ben Broussard to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.
Broussard has hit well in the Mexican League and independent Atlantic League this season, but he seems doubtful to get a shot in Kansas City. The 36-year-old has not appeared in a major league game since 2008. Thu, Jul 4, 2013 12:01:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that first baseman/outfielder Ben Broussard auditioned for five teams Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

Well, here's a blast from the past. The 36-year-old Broussard hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008 as a member of the Mariners, but he is attempting a comeback after playing in the Mexican Winter League. Rosenthal hears that Broussard took grounders at first base and fly balls in left field during his audition Wednesday. He'll almost certainly have to settle for a minor league deal and a spring training invite.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 03:39:00 PM

White Sox signed first baseman Ben Broussard to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Broussard made $3.85 million from the Rangers last season despite being released after hitting .159 in 86 at-bats. He didn't resurface in the majors, but hit .273/.344/.510 in 82 minor league games. If he makes the team it would be as a bench bat.
Tue, Feb 10, 2009 01:14:00 PM

Cubs signed outfielder Ben Broussard to a Minor League contract.

Broussard was most recently released from the Yankees' Triple-A team, and the Cubs view him as organizational depth now that Alfonso Soriano is injured. He hit .159 in 86 at-bats for the Rangers before being released in May.
Thu, Jun 12, 2008 02:34:00 PM

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are interested in Ben Broussard after he was released from Triple-A by the Yankees.

The Orioles would want to send him to Triple-A as well and Broussard turned down their minor league deal last month to sign with the Yankees.
Thu, Jun 12, 2008 10:52:00 AM

Ben Broussard doubled three times and drove in three runs Tuesday in his first game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Perhaps Broussard didn't realize just how well Jason Giambi had been performing of late before opting to sign with the Yankees. The former Ranger is decent insurance, but if it's determined later than the team needs another first base or DH bat, GM Brian Cashman should be able to do better.
Wed, May 28, 2008 03:44:00 AM

Rangers released first baseman Ben Broussard.

The Mariners likely would have cut Broussard during the offseason rather than take him to arbitration, but instead the Rangers dealt for him and signed him to a one-year deal worth $3.85 million. He's now gone after 89 unproductive plate appearances, but figures to latch on somewhere as a bench bat despite hitting just .245/.303/.370 in 125 games dating back to last season.
Fri, May 16, 2008 10:53:00 AM

Rangers designated first baseman Ben Broussard for assignment.

The Rangers paid a premium to take Broussard off the Mariners' hands this winter when he likely would have been cut loose anyway, and now they're doing the cutting after he hit just .159. Frank Catalanotto and Chris Shelton figure to platoon at first base and should have little problem out-producing Broussard, who is now a 31-year-old career .263/.324/.450 hitter looking for work.
Thu, May 8, 2008 10:21:00 PM

Ben Broussard was benched Tuesday in favor of Frank Catalanotto and the Dallas Morning News speculates that he could be let go by the Rangers soon.

Broussard began the season playing nearly every day at first base, but quickly shifted into a platoon role and is now being benched completely. He's hitting just .159 and could be in danger of losing his roster spot once Marlon Byrd is ready to come off the disabled list.
Wed, May 7, 2008 09:42:00 AM

Back in the lineup after a three-day break, Ben Broussard went 0-for-3 on Thursday.

Broussard was benched in favor of Chris Shelton in two straight games following Monday's off day. Shelton figures to get a chance to win the job outright if Broussard doesn't turn it around soon. He's gone 19 straight games without driving in a run. Incredibly, the Rangers are paying him $3.85 million this year after opting to trade for him rather than wait for the Mariners to non-tender him.
Thu, May 1, 2008 04:28:00 PM

Ben Broussard went 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday and has just one hit in the last 12 days.

Fortunately for Broussard, Jason Botts isn't doing much either. He'll stick as the starter right now, but if he's still slumping when Marlon Byrd returns, the Rangers could start giving Frank Catalanotto time at first base.
Thu, Apr 24, 2008 04:19:00 PM

Ben Broussard hit his third homer of the season on Sunday by taking Angels starter Jon Garland deep for a two-run blast.

Broussard also walked and was hit by a pitch in the contest. The first basemen has just one hit that isn't a homer in the young season, but he figures to do a fair amount of damage versus right-handers while in the Texas lineup. He's an underrated option in AL-only formats.
Sun, Apr 6, 2008 07:18:00 PM

Ben Broussard hit his sixth career grand slam Friday off the Angels' Dustin Moseley.

Broussard isn't quite Pat Tabler, but he has been awfully good with the bases loaded in his career. Those six homers have come in just 53 at-bats, and he's hitting .321, as opposed to .265 the rest of the time.
Sat, Apr 5, 2008 01:28:00 AM

Ben Broussard, typically a platoon player, got the start against lefty Erik Bedard on Monday and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

That's why he's a platoon player. If Jason Botts proves he's adequate at first base, he should eventually get starts at the position over Broussard against lefties.
Mon, Mar 31, 2008 10:20:00 PM

Manager Ron Washington said Monday that Ben Broussard will play regularly against left-handed pitchers this season.

"I don't want him coming to the park every day wondering if he's going to play against a left-hander," Washington said. "He's going to play against them until he proves he can't." How much more proving does Broussard need to do? He's hit .227 with a 689 OPS against southpaws during his six-year career. The Rangers would be better off platooning Broussard with Chris Shelton or Jason Botts.
Tue, Mar 4, 2008 08:25:00 AM

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