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Rockies acquire Reid Brignac from Rays

Feb 14, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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Last week the Rays cleared two 40-man roster spots by designating infielders Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson for assignment.

They traded Johnson to the Royals as the player to be named later from the big James Shields swap and now they’ve traded Brignac to the Rockies for a PTBNL or cash considerations.

It makes sense that they didn’t have to simply waive Brignac, because despite hitting just .227 with a .586 OPS in 256 games as a big leaguer and not even producing much at Triple-A he’s a good defensive shortstop and former top prospect who’s still just 27 years old.

Brignac won’t be playing shortstop in Colorado unless Troy Tulowitzki gets hurt again, but he could work his way into the mix at the other infield spots while serving as a utility man.

  1. jibzek - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Maybe Giambi can teach him out to hit the ball and eat cheeseburgers?

    • ezthinking - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      From Cleveland?

  2. Al - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    So what you’re saying is he’s got a good chance to be the Rockies starting SS for at least one 15 day stretch this season.

  3. tuberippin - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Well hey…if he can’t hit at Coors Field, he won’t hit anywhere.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    All the best to him. I enjoyed watching him play in the minors here in Michigan for the SWM Devil Rays. Lots of ‘top prospect’ talk about him back then!
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  5. snowbirdgothic - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I blame the hitting coaches here in Durham. They’re big on hacking at the first pitch and watching guys swing out of their shoes.

    • huffdaddyco - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Oh, well, then he will fit in just fine in Colorado.

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