The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have acquired Reid Brignac from the Rays for cash and a player to be named later.

Brignac was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was considered a long-shot to make the team in Spring Training.

Unfortunately for the Rays and for Brignac, his time here will always be remembered as a disappointment. He is like the amateur golfer that shoots 100 but thinks he is *this close* to being great just because he/she occasionally hits a ball really well. Brignac hit just enough home runs that he thought he was *this close* to being a slugger. As a result, he never gave up his uppercut swing and he never focused on just getting on base.

And so it ends. We will let Briggy Baseball bow in his own special way as he walks out the door for good…



  1. Joe D. says:

    ...and we still don't have Jason Bay...

  2. Beazy says:

    A long over due roster move...

  3. Beth says:

    Didn't Brignac's family always come to spring training and cook a huge Cajun meal for the whole team? The Rays should at least have waited until after the meal to trade him.

    But more seriously, what a huge disappointment. He truly seemed to have no learning curve.

  4. CC says:

    This kid was one of the top prospects in all of baseball at one time. Just could not learn how to swing the bat. Good luck Briggy.

    • Bill says:

      Still a slight chance the right coach finds a way to make the light buld go on. Unfortunately it's probably going to take a comple deconstruction and reconstruction of his swing plane. At least a full season plus of effort.

      Definitely awesome we got something for both guys.

  5. Don says:

    He was going to be "given" the starting SS job on the Rays...Future salary range WAS $5mil+ and a nice life, now its off to the Real World Reid buddy...$500 a week will be your range

    • Bill says:

      Why you have to be such a hater and wish ill on people? So he couldn't make it with the Rays? Plenty of others never got that far. And we got cash and a PTBNL, which is more than you would have bet. Btw- he's already made over $1.7 million in his career. And if he only gets DFAd and accepts a minor league assignment he will still make $490K this year. Pretty good for a kid from the bayou with a high school education. What did you make by the time you were his age?

      • Don says:

        Who is "wishing" anything, its the facts, If he was an excellent house painter and made $50,000 a year but lost his job because he wouldn't show up in the mornings, I would say the same thing...a "blown opportunity" no matter where's hes from or his education

        • Raysfan137 says:

          Your analogy is just plain wrong and you contradict yourself. In your analogy he would be a bad house painter who showed up every day. There is no evidence that he did not "show up in the morning" or refused to work. Far fewer people can learn to hit a baseball at the major league level than can learn to be an excellent house painter.

          Perhaps he reached the maximum of his potential and therefore he made the absolute best of his opportunity. If you knew one way or the other as a fact, you would have Derek Shelton's job.

          The only fact is, you don't know what his ceiling is or was. But you naturally take the worst case perspective.

          For some people I guess it doesn't matter if the glass
          is half empty or half full, because what's in it arsenic.

          I wish him the best and only hope that when someone does fix that swing we never face him.

  6. Joe D. says:

    for anyone interested Zobrist is going to have an interview on Sirius XM MLB station

  7. Gus says:

    His huge homer year in the minors (30+) was at high altitude I think, so maybe those golfed up fly balls to RF make it out of Coors Field? Lots of middle infielders in front of him to work through in Colorado, but maybe if they move Tulo (position or trade), he has a chance to play. Rockies AAA even higher altitude at Colorado Springs. Brignac couldn't have picked a better organization to be traded to.

  8. Dave L says:

    Goodbye and good luck Reid.

    At least we got something for both guys. Thats a feat in itself. The ole PTBNL and a few Benjamins better than a straight out release which was coming soon.

  9. Tony says:

    Good Luck Reid!!!!!!!

  10. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Another example of wasted/lost/mismanaged potential. Brignac had what it took to be a solid 4 tool player, but he was so obsessed with clinging to the hopes and dreams of obtaining that fifth tool that he squandered his chances to be a solid player in The Show.

    Its like the baseball version of Gold Fever... he became obsessed with the longball and it consumed his sensibilities.

    He seems like a nice kid and hopefully he can turn it around.


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