The Colorado Rockies have signed infielder Reid Brignac to a minor league deal, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. Brignac, 27, became a free agent after refusing an outright assignment from the New York Yankees, and will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
After being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in February, Brignac hit .250 with 1 HR and 6 RBI in 29 games with the Rockies before being designated for assignment on May 16th. Two days later, he was traded to the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations to provide infield depth for an injury-hampered club. In 17 games at shortstop for the Yankees, he hit .114 (5-for-44), and was designated for assignment last Friday. Because of his struggles with the Yankees, Brignac cleared waivers and was given the choice to either report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or become a free agent. He elected the latter, and will head back to the Rockies' organization in hopes of getting back into the majors by the end of the year.
In 302 career major league games over six seasons with the Rays (2008-2012), Rockies (2013), and Yankees (2013), Brignac is a lifetime .221 hitter with 11 HR and 73 RBI. He can play both corner outfield spots and anywhere in the infield, and will provide valuable depth for the Rockies at the Triple-A level.