With the acquisition of 27-year-old infielder Reid Brignac, a career .228 hitter, from Colorado, "We feel we're upgrading,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. He quickly added the word "incrementally.''
In 29 games and 48 at-bats with the Rockies, Brignac hit .250 with one home run and six RBIs. He has 11 homers and 73 RBIs in 719 at-bats in six seasons
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Brignac, who was en route to New York during Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, takes the roster spot of infielder Alberto Gonzalez, who was designated for assignment after seeing action in three games.
Brignac, obtained for cash, "is a very good fielder,'' Cashman said, "and gives us a better platoon situation because all of the left side of the infield bats righthanded.''
Drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round in 2004 and traded to Colorado in February, Brignac played second base, shortstop, third base and leftfield for Colorado this season. He has played 187 games at shortstop, 75 at second base, 12 at third base and four in the outfield in his career.
Cashman described him as a "fly-ball hitter, so we'll see if we can take advantage of a lefthanded bat at Yankee Stadium.''
Brignac will become the 36th player used by the Yankees this season and the 13th to play infield at some point. The first 12 were catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart, outfielder Vernon Wells, Gonzalez, David Adams, Robinson Cano, Corban Joseph, Chris Nelson, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nuñez, Lyle Overbay and Kevin Youkilis.
All while waiting for the return of Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.