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Yankees acquire Reid Brignac from Rockies

05/18/2013 2:06 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Reid Brignac is hitting .250 with one home run and six RBIs this season.(AP)
The Yankees acquired the recently designated super utility man Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. Alberto Gonzalez has subsequently been designated for assignment in a move that the Yankees feel is an upgrade.

"It gives us a little bit better platoon situation because all the left side of the infield's bats are right-handed. It's simple as that," Cashman said. “It's just an evaluation of Alberto Gonzalez versus Reid Brignac. We feel we're upgrading incrementally, but upgrading nonetheless.”

Brignac is no stranger to the American League East. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008 to 2012 before being traded to the Rockies in February before Spring Training began.

In 29 games this season, Brignac is 12-for-48, a .250 average with three doubles, one home run and six RBIs. Ultimately the Yankees fell in love with his ability to field multiple infield positions. He's spent most of his time at third base but has played shortstop very briefly and a good amount of second base. He is also a left-handed hitter, which is a very big plus in Yankee Stadium.

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

Brignac will provide more infield depth for a team in desperate need of it. This is the second such deal the Yankees and the Rockies have made this season with Chris Nelson being the first.

Brignac has played 285 Major League games in his career, hitting .228 with 28 doubles, 11 home runs and 73 RBIs. His 2010 campaign with the Rays was by far his best with a career-high eight home runs and 45 RBIs.

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