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Rox acquire infielder Brignac in trade with Rays


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies, wanting another infield option with the versatility to play shortstop, acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Rays on Thursday for cash and a player to be named.

Brignac, 27, a left-handed hitter, has compiled a .227 career batting average with 10 doubles and 67 RBIs in 256 games from 2009-12. His best year was 2010, when he hit .256 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs.

Brignac joins a group competing for backup infield spots that also includes Jonathan Herrera and DJ LeMahieu. Brignac is out of Minor League options, meaning he can't be sent down to the Minors without being exposed to other clubs via waivers. The Rays had recently designated Brignac for assignment.

To clear room on the 40-man Major League roster, the Rockies placed left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.

Cabrera, who has racked up high strikeout totals in the Minors, made two starts for the Rockies last year, going 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA. Cabrera became ill during the winter in the Dominican Republic, and the ensuing delay in his throwing program led the Rockies to make the move.

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