The Rays have announced that they designated Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson for assignment. The Rays needed to clear up space on the 40-man roster and both players, who were out of minor league options*, were unlikely to make the opening day roster.
The Rays have ten days to trade Brignac or Johnson or expose them to waivers. They can still accept an assignment to the minors and remain in the organization if they clears waivers.
The Rays’ 40-man roster (25 big leaguers + 15 potential replacements in the minor leagues for injuries, etc.) is currently full and the Rays still need to add Luke Scott, Kyle Farnsworth, and Kelly Johnson.
* Once a player in on a team’s 40-man roster, they can only spend time in the minors in three different seasons. Once a player has been in the minors in three different seasons, he must clear waivers before being demoted.