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Rays may be looking to trade infielder Reid Brignac

Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there was “some chatter last week” around the Rays organization that a trade could be in the works involving utility infielder Reid Brignac.

Brignac is a steady defender and is capable of playing all around the diamond, but he batted just .095 with a .136 on-base percentage in 22 plate appearances last season for the Rays and owns a weak .227/.268/.317 career slash line in the majors.

Brignac is only 27 years old but probably wouldn’t fetch much of a return package.

The Rays are expected to start Yunel Escobar at shortstop this year and Kelly Johnson at second.

  1. spol85 - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    “Brignac is only 27 years old but probably wouldn’t fetch much of a return package.”

    Thanks for the insight. I was wondering what the return would be on a minor league infielder who hit under .100 last season.

    • deafrecon - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Cut Drew some slack. He must have been up all night trying to find even this tidbit of baseball news on Super Bowel Sunday.

      In other news, here’s something Drew did not find: Tom Mastny has announced that he has decided not to play for East Bontang in the World Baseball Classic after contracting a prion-vectored neurological ailment known as Die Vloek van die Geitbok after eating a bad dog at a rijstaffel during a visit to his hometown this past orfseason.

    • jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      And as an added bonus, Brignac is out of options. He’s waiver bait, not trade bait.

      • jwbiii - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    • jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Due to the uncertainty of his status, Brignac will not be representing Occitania at the WBC.

  2. mojosmagic - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    If he doesn’t make any money make a call to the east side of Florida and ask for Ebenezer Loria. He has an eagle eye for players who can’t hit and come cheap.

    • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Let’s be accurate here: he has a beagle nose for players who can’t hit with runners in scoring position and come cheap.

      Stick around and watch him offer the Mantis Man a three-year extension at the league minimum.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Brignac would look good in a Red Sox uniform.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      The Rays do not like to trade within their division, but for Brignac, they would make an exception.

      • indaburg - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        I hope the Rays would make an exception for Brignac. He’s an automatic out.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Brignac for Lavarnway that seems fair. Neither one of them can hit.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        The Red Sox do not realize that yet.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        poudly, let’s hope no one in Red Sox Management or on their staff reads this article. They might learn something if they did.

  4. mojosmagic - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Oh and call collect.

    • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Scrooge McLoria won’t pick up a collect call. He and Walter Sobchak, his assistant president of baseball ops, are shomer shabbos 24/7.

      • ptfu - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Donny, you’re out of your…wait, for how much?

      • mazblast - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        I can get you a toe.

        However, I’m not sure I can get you as good a player as Brignac, not for what you’ll pay.

  5. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I like to see him come to Detroit. They could use him as a defensive replacement to Peralta in late innings, anyway. Jhonny would stay in the lineup due to his bat, though. Brignac also played some minor league ball in Michigan for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays in Battle Creek back in 2005. He was really a fan favorite there. Best of luck to him.

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