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.