Colorado Rockies Acquire Tampa Bay Rays INF Reid Brignac

Mark L. Baer- USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies are never major players on the MLB trading block but they have already made their first move of the season just as it is getting going.

Colorado made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire infielder Reid Brignac while Tampa received cash considerations and a player to be named later. In order for the Rockies to complete the trade and open up space on their roster they also made a move by placing left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

Brignac was drafted in the second round by the Rays back in 2004 and was a former top-50 prospect. He is a career .227 hitter with a .585 OPS. His best season at the Major League level was back in 2010 when he played a career high 113 games, hit for a .256 average, eight HR and 45 RBI. He’s played a total of 256 games in the majors but he was designated for assignment by the Rays earlier this month on February 5.

The Rockies decided to bring him in as insurance and he will mostly be used as a utility infielder. His natural position is shortstop but Colorado is already in great shape at the position with All-Star Troy Tulowitzki manning the spot. However, Tulo has been prone to injuries the past few seasons so having someone like Brignac as insurance is a solid backup plan.

More than likely, Brignac will share time between the Rockies and their minor league teams in 2013. There’s not much of a need for him until someone gets hurt so he’ll just have to be ready if to step in if someone goes down.

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