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Yanks acquire Brignac

5/18/2013

The Yankees have acquired Reid Brignac.

Brignac, who was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, is a utility man who will add to the Yankees' infield depth. The Yankees will send Colorado cash. Buster Olney reported it will be $75,000.

Reid Brignac

Reid Brignac

#16 3B
Colorado Rockies

2013 STATS

  • GM29
  • HR1

  • RBI6

  • R4

  • OBP.294

  • AVG.250

The Yankees have designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.

Cashman liked Brignac over Gonzalez because he is a left-handed bat who plays all the infield positions other than first base.

"He is a fly ball hitter, so we will see if we can take advantage of the left-handed bat with Yankee Stadium here a little bit," Cashman said. "He is a very good fielder, more so than a bat."

Brignac, 27, hit .250 with one homer and six RBIs for the Rockies.

He will not be able to make it for Saturday's game.

"It is not the way we wanted it to work out," Cashman said. "When I hung the phone up last night, we thought we would have this player here today."

Cashman has heard the calls for Ben Francisco to be let go, but it is not forthcoming -- at least, not yet.

"In terms of your fans' comments section, just say, 'I'm holding on to him to piss everyone off,'" Cashman said. "If you are dealing with the feedback, 'Why is this guy here?' Just tell them that, just to shut them up."

CBS Sports first reported the Brignac acquisition.