Phillies Sign Bench Bat Brignac – Phillies Nation

Phillies Sign Bench Bat Brignac

The Phillies signed some bench competition, inking veteran utilityman Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to Clearwater this spring.

Brignac, 27, had his best season as a major leaguer in 2010 with Tampa Bay, hitting .256 with 8 home runs and 45 knocked in. Since then, it’s been rather disastrous for Brignac as he’s been unable to stick with either the Rays, Rockies, or Yankees. On the weight of that one good season, registering a 2.5 WAR, Brignac is barely a league-average player.

But this is actually a fine move. You hope to hit on a guy in the same way you did with someone like Kevin Frandsen, etc. Maybe he surprises you in Spring Training and wins a job. And it’s not the same old name.



  1. Ryne Duren

    November 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    My God he’s a career .221 hitter! This FO continues to amaze me with their brilliance. I know I know he’s probably just filler for AAA. But geez.

    • George

      November 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Check some other team’s moves. Brignac is not the only .221 hitter who’s getting a contract. Some of them have even gotten major league deals, whereas Brignac got a minor league deal.

  2. c. schreiber

    November 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

    He’s better than MiniMart but Mini has been up & down for three yrs (I think). That means this guy will make the opening day roster.

  3. Bart Shart

    November 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Better than Mini Mart. He may be a steal.

  4. bclark

    November 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I’d rather see Frandsen get more playing time instead of bringing another utility guy in.

    • schmenkman

      November 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Bignac is primarily a shortstop, which Frandsen doesn’t play, so it doesn’t directly impact him. Frandsen may have been out anyway, with Hernandez and Galvis vying for those bench jobs.

  5. PhillyMike

    November 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    The best thing about this signing is his wife (maybe it is his gf – not sure). Look her up.

  6. wbramh

    November 22, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Lauren may put a few guys back in their abandoned seats.

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