The Tampa Bay Rays designated INF Reid Brignac for assignment last week after adding Kelly Johnson to the 40-man roster. The club had 10 days to either trade him or send him to waivers. The Rays found a trade partner for the utility infielder on Thursday and sent him to the Colorado Rockies. He was traded in exchange for a player to be named later.
Brignac was out of minor league options so the Rays had to DFA him last week. He bounced around last season, spending just 16 games with the major league club where he hit just .095 and the rest of his season with AAA Durham. Never known for an exceptionally strong bat, the former second-round pick of the Rays does possess solid glove skills on the infield.
His best season came in 2010 when he batted .256 and drove in 45 runs while appearing in 113 games for the Rays while playing shortstop.
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