The New York Yankees acquired Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations, designating Alberto Gonzalez for assignment to clear room for Brignac. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the news first.
Brignac started the season with the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Rays designated Brignac for assignment at the start of the season. The Rockies picked up Brignac and used the left-handed hitter as a utility man. Brignac struggled at the plate for the Rockies, hitting just .250/.294/.375 in 53 plate appearances. Colorado designated Brignac for assignment on Thursday.
New York, however, is desperate for infield depth and prefers the left-handed hitting Brignac to the right-handed hitting Gonzalez. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media that Brignac is a flyball hitter, and the team hopes can take advantage of the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees also think Brignac is a strong fielder, as he can play second, third and shortstop.
The Yankees acquired Gonzalez from the Chicago Cubs on May 9 after the Cubs designated the infielder for assignment. Gonzalez played three games at shortstop for the Yankees, but the team did not trust the infielder to move around the infield, prompting the Brignac acquitison.
This is the second trade the Yankees and the Rockies have completed this season, as New York acquired Chris Nelson earlier in the season after Colorado designated Nelson for assignment.