Utility infielder Reid Brignac has been acquired by the New York Yankees from the Colorado Rockies. Colorado will receive cash considerations totaling $75,000 from New York, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Brignac had been designated for assignment by the Rockies on Thursday.
Having never been known for his bat, Brignac, 27, has hit just .228/.270/.321 for his career in 769 PA. A 2nd Round pick in the 2004 Draft, Brignac spent the first five seasons in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays before being acquired by the Rockies at the onset of Spring Training. His value has primarily lied in his defensive versatility as he’s played three infield positions and has even seen some limited time in the outfield corners. His best position is likely shortstop, which is part of why he’ll provide an upgrade to the Yankees bench given the mounting series of injuries that the organization has been forced to overcome on the season to date.
Brignac is the second infielder this month to be designated for assignment by the Rockies, only to then be dealt to New York for cash considerations. Chris Nelson made a similar move on May 1st, before being DFA’d by the Yankees earlier this week to make room for Alberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been DFA’d in order to make room on the active roster for Brignac.