Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times broke the news on Twitter that infielder Reid Brignac has been traded to the Colorado Rockies. In return, the Rays will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later. Brignac was designated for assignment last week along with Elliot Johnson to clear space on the 40 man roster when the Kyle Farnsworth and Kelly Johnson signings were made official.
The 45th-overall pick of the 2004 amateur draft leaves the Tampa Bay franchise with a career .227/.268/.317 slash line in 716 plate appearances spanning five seasons. Brignac showed offensive promise throughout his minor-league career along with above-average defensive abilities in the field but offensive skills failed to blossom at the big league level leading to reduced playing time and eventual re-assignment to the minor leagues in 2012.
In Colorado, Brignac has a chance to compete for a reserve role on the infield against the likes of Jonathan Herrera, D.J. LeMahieu, and non-roster invitee Tommy Manzella. The Rays and Rockies have 180 days to agree on which player the Rays will receive as compensation in this trade or on the amount of the cash settlement.