Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 5/19/13
Brignac
Yesterday the Yankees acquired versatile infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash. Yes, the Yankees have an obvious lack on infield depth with Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Texiera and Kevin Youkilis currently calling the disabled list their primary position. Brignac is a career .228 hitter with a .294 OBP. In his six year career, he’s only amassed 769 career big league at-bats with the majority of those coming in 2010 and 2011 in which he had 590 abs in those combined years. To this point, with mostly limited playing time, Brignac’s performance has been underwhelming. However, his numbers compare to that of a current Yankee. Another Yankee player has a career batting average of .215 and a OBP of .288. This Yankee’s best years were back in 2009 and 2010. He also is a versatile infielder. Can you guess who he is? The answer is Jayson Nix. If Brignac could provide the same production Nix has, he may very well be valuable to the bombers until the team can return to full strength. Hopefully Brignac can replicate his 2010 numbers in which he hit .256, 8 homers and drove in 45 RBI playing against AL EAST opponents while he was with Tampa Bay. With the resurgence of play by the likes of Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, a career year from Reid Brignac isn’t as farfetched as one would believe.
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