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Rays designate Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson for assignment

Feb 5, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay has designated Reid Brignac for assignment, according to Jon Heyman of, dropping the one-time top prospect from the 40-man roster ahead of a potential trade or trip to the waiver wire.

Brignac ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, but has hit just .227 with a .586 OPS in 256 games as a big leaguer and spent most of last season at Triple-A.

He’s a good defensive shortstop and still just 27 years old, but Brignac has never really even produced much at Triple-A. It’ll be interesting to see if the Rays can find a team willing to give up a little something in trade or if they’ll end up simply waiving him.

UPDATE: Tampa Bay also DFA’d Elliot Johnson, another good-glove, no-hit infielder who’s played quite a bit for the past couple seasons.

  1. jwbiii - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Freeing roster space for Kyle Farnsworth and Kelly Johnson.

  2. gg206 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I think your mistaken about Elliot Johnson, he’s a decent hit cant field type of player..likely because of JOMA’s constant lineup shuffling but still his defensive stats from last year wernt good at all.. Brigniac showed potential in 2010 as a bench player but he fell off the face of the earth the last 2 years… I’ll miss Johnson more than Reid by far, but thats not saying much for either of them.

  3. tampajoey - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Rays have already wasted too much time on both these guys. They have both had several opportunities. Maybe they need a fresh start somewhere else. Good luck to them both.

  4. pdowdy83 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    One of them seems like they may end up an Astro after the Lowrie deal yesterday.

  5. bucbelevr - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    As always…Friedman knows what’s best for the franchise. I’m an avid Rays fan, and I wholeheartedly agree with both moves, after watching them both over the last 2-3 years. Cut ties, plenty of time spent on both. If you accomodate mediocrity, you become mediocrity. Friedman.

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