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Yankees acquire Brignac (Updated, 12:42 p.m.)

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CBS’ Jon Heyman reporting the Yankees have acquired utility infielder Reid Brignac from the Rockies. Brignac was designated for assignment by the Rockies earlier this week. He was let go by the Rays earlier this spring.

No word yet on what the Yankees sent to Colorado in return. I’ll have more on the Brignac move in a bit, as well as some thoughts from Hal Steinbrenner, who is on the field with the rest of the team this morning for Photo Day. Brian Cashman is also at the park today.

UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: Heyman reported the Yankees send $75,000 to the Rockies for Brignac. Or, as Cashman just put it, “Cash — not me.”

Cashman said the club designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment to add Brignac, who is in transit but not expected in time for the game. That means the Yankees will play today a player short. They acquired Brignac last night and originally thought he was home in Tampa. The clubs had trouble getting in touch with Brignac, who was still in Colorado.

It appears Cashman acquired Brignac as a left-handed alternative to Jayson Nix and David Adams on the left side of the infield. Both are right-handed bats.

“He’s a fly ball hitter, so we’ll see if we can take advantage with a left-handed bat of Yankee Stadium,” Cashman said. “It will give us a little bit better platoon situation.”

Cashman said he did not consider cutting Ben Francisco, but it was clear he understands fans are frustrated with Francisco’s play.

“In terms of you fan comments’ section, just tell everyone I’m holding on to him to piss everybody off,” he joked.

But the Brignac move is an indication of how Cashman will aggressively search to upgrade the roster, even at the bottom. He thought Brignac was a better fit than Gonzalez, and hinted that if he could find a better right-handed option in the outfield and at DH, he would act swiftly.

“Like anything else, we upgrade every which way possible,” Cashman said.

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48 Responses to “Yankees acquire Brignac (Updated, 12:42 p.m.)”

  1. fantasygame101 May 18th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    once a top prospect so he will replace alberto.

  2. Against All Odds May 18th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS 45s
    #rockies receive cash considerations ($75,000 to be exact) for brignac. So they break even.

  3. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Hello Reid. Bye bye Alberto ?

  4. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Time for Pinstripe Pixie dust for Brignac, I guess.

  5. Against All Odds May 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 11:44 am
    AAO -

    Yes, I am in soap opera mode, for sure. LOL

    ———————–

    lol

    It is a surprise move that’s for sure.

  6. mick May 18th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This could be a depth move in case Nix goes down.
    May be more valuable than Gonzalez as he plays 2b, 3b, SS

  7. yankee21 May 18th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    The Yankees system is basically devoid of any real SS prospects. It is a total black hole.

    So this is a good acquisition- especially since it cost only a few bucks out of Hal’s pocket.
    I’m not sure Brignac will amount to much but it is worth the chance.

    Nunez will now be looking over his shoulder- competition is good.

  8. Barry May 18th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Luis –

    I appreciate your response on a much earlier thread. Opinions are not the issue but arrogance and disrespect…”Binder Joe…” Fantasizing personal reasons for line up changes. Calling something one might disagree with “insane”. This isn’t about you for sure, but there are plenty of others on here that fit the bill. You’ve stepped up because clearly you are a right guy. You may have noticed, everyone is not.

  9. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    It’s probably worth 75K just for getting some inside info on the Rays.

  10. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    There were times when I 1st used to see Brignac when I thought he was gonna be a good little ballplayer.

    Guess the bat never really developed.

  11. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hoping for a another quality start today from the Mission Impossible Man. Let’s make it 3 in a row.

  12. brucevodka May 18th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Brainiac!

  13. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Reid-ie?

    Brign-ie?

    gnac-ie?

  14. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Tar-

    Brinny.

    ;)

  15. Niblick May 18th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Just how many horrible players do the Yankees think they need to acquire?

  16. comnsnse May 18th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Barry, a word to the wise hopefully being sufficient.

    If you have spent much time on the net you no doubt understand that it is impossible to really deduce who is being arrogant, insensitive, obtuse or downright nasty etc.

    Why? Because many folks have a sense of humor that may not be your cup of tea. A good example is sarcasm or possibly a double entendre’.

    Some of us actually love the bantering and wordplay because it stimulates our own sense of humor. I include myself in this group!

    In the final analysis how can anything a stranger says on a relatively secure device really be personal, so never take it that way.(Just remember no CIA jokes! ;)

    Sorry for the seeming lecture but I’ve had a lot of personal experience with this subject.

    When you’re my age you tend to see most things as a cosmic joke! ;)

  17. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Hello Reid. So long Francisco?

    My thoughts on Hal: keeping spending $230 and the team will meet be ok.

  18. blake May 18th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    At first glance I thought that said “Yankees acquire Brainiac”

  19. comnsnse May 18th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Seven Wood, to date those “horrible players) have the third best record in MLB!

  20. blake May 18th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Niblick says:
    May 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    Just how many horrible players do the Yankees think they need to acquire?

    Enough to keep them I’m first place

  21. comnsnse May 18th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Blake, it would be true if it were the blog.

    Well, maybe we could make it plural! ;)

  22. pkyankfan69 May 18th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The Headline should have been, “Yankees acquire Rockies SS”

    Then explained it was Reid and not Tulo in the body… That would have been funny and mean.

  23. Niblick May 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Francisco, Boesch, Nelson, Gonzalez et al have contributed nothing to help the team get to first place.

  24. yankee21 May 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t think Brignac qualifies as some horrible player.

    Certainly an underachiever based on his high draft expectations but most players do not pan out.

    What I like about the deal is it only cost a few dollars, no prospects, he can fill a position of need and he is only 27.

    These are the kind of acquisitions that make sense to take a flyer on.

  25. Barry May 18th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    cmnsnse –

    Just how old are you? And, this stuff isn’t exactly funny. Just hostile and opinionated.

  26. ac1 May 18th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Francisco survives again. I like this pick up though. He can play everywhere….

  27. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL
    Cashman on Ben Francisco’s roster spot: “Just in terms of your fan comments section, just say I’m holding onto him to piss everybody off.”

    Do you think he really said this??? Funny, if he did. :)

  28. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Good afternoon,

    Barry,

    I understand where you are coming from, but I think that’s a losing proposition… Just scroll past those comments you don’t like and ignore those posters that makes your blood boil… I know it is not easy ( I have failed on this many times )… I hope that this post finds you well ;)

    Brignac?

    Who is out of the roster? Gonzales or Nix?

  29. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    “My thoughts on Hal: keeping spending $230 and the team will meet be ok.”

    :lol:

  30. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Sorry, Nix is playing… So is it Gonzales?… Who is our emergency C then ? :)

  31. Cashmoney May 18th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    like it, Reid is an excellent defender with more versatility and offensive potentials than alberto.

  32. G. Love May 18th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Barry,

    I take it you’ve never listened to sports talk radio, sat in a bar or backyard and talked about baseball with your friends?

    Fans get excited and make declarative statements. It’s part of the process. No one is stoning these guys. But part of the fun for the MAJORITY of fans is dissecting, dissing, over praising, comparing, etc.

    I’m sorry it hurts your sensibilities, but people have been talking about sports like this since the dawn of baseball.

  33. Josh Thomson May 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Blog post above has been updated with Cashman comments, including the money quote.

  34. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks Josh

  35. Cashmoney May 18th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    “He’s a fly ball hitter, so we’ll see if we can take advantage with a left-handed bat of Yankee Stadium,” Cashman said. “It will give us a little bit better platoon situation.”

    I like that train of thought there.

  36. comnsnse May 18th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Barry, 76 and I believe several others have already given you excellent answers.

    Blogs are the bastion of opinions, they are not exactly a disease.

    I would never have lived this long! ;)

  37. Barry May 18th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    G. Love

    Sure…but this is not a pub or living room but rather for publication…In your own interests there are surely some words spoken you wish you had not. Writing provides sober second thought. But, maybe not.

  38. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Ok… I just hope that Romine stays healthy… Pena get your gear just in case ;)

  39. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    “and hinted that if he could find a better right-handed option in the outfield and at DH, he would act swiftly.”

    Let me introduce you to Ronnier Mustelier, Brian.

    I think he fits the bill.

    ;)

  40. comnsnse May 18th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Barry, I neglected to mention that in the future all questions pertaining to blog decency and objectivity must be referred to our resident expert on these subjects.

    His eminence Obvious Man who has a loyal following of acolytes including moi!

    Thank you for your cooperation. ;)

  41. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Good Luck David.

    Prove me right again please.

    ;)

  42. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Wow – he really did say it. I wasn’t sure – you never know these days, everyone’s a comedian to some extent. :)

  43. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hi MTU,

    Glad to see that you returned alright from the wilderness ;) No picks?

    comnsnse,

    Hilarious as usual… OM should run for office! ;)

  44. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Luis-

    I misplaced your e-mail. Please have Chad pass it along.

  45. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    Wow – he really did say it. I wasn’t sure – you never know these days, everyone’s a comedian to some extent.

    ==============================

    I am sure there is some level of truth on that joke ;) Hemust read Lohud

  46. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    MTU May 18th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    Luis-

    I misplaced your e-mail. Please have Chad pass it along.

    ==================

    Will do ;)

  47. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    No game thread yet… Phelps with the best silder of the org according to BA…Not bad kid

  48. Josh Thomson May 18th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Game post is up. Pregame notes to follow, including some comments from Hal Steinbrenner. Sorry for the delay. A lot going on here this morning.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....blue-jays/

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