Yankees replace Reid Brignac with Alberto Gonzalez


4:02pm: Brignac has indeed been designated for assignment with Gonzalez taking both his 25-man and 40-man roster spots. Joe Girardi indicated Gonzalez will be a true backup infielder with Jayson Nix and David Adams playing shortstop and third base on an everyday basis, respectively.

3:30pm: The Yankees have apparently replaced Reid Brignac with Alberto Gonzalez, though there has been no official announcement from the team. Brignac is not listed as an active player on today’s lineup sheet — Gonzalez is — and was seen saying goodbye to teammates in the clubhouse. Pretty good indication the move, which I advocated earlier this week, has been made. Probably just a simple designate for assignment plus call-up, but we’ll find out soon enough.

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  1. Jerry says:

    Brignac can really play SS just can’t hit a lick.

  2. Eddard says:

    This is like replacing arsenic with cyanide. You’re going to die either way.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      One way of looking at it.

      Another would be “if something’s not working out for you, do something different.”

    • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

      Damn it Eddard, even when I try to break from MCAT studying, still can’t get away from chemistry…… lol.

  3. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Heyman just tweeted he was DFA’d.

  4. Andrew says:

    Brignac check-swinging into a double play on a 1-0 count after Moore had walked the previous batter to start the 3rd inning last night…that about sums up his offensive usefulness.

  5. Travis L. says:

    Is there an upgrade out there for this position? What about Irving Falu?

  6. Bobby says:

    at this point id take andy fox or homer bush over any of these guys Yankees have

  7. TIO RICO says:

    This is one of the funniest comments I have seen on here in a long time. Thanks for making me laugh!

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Also DFA’d: PAPA GRANDE.

    • Travis L. says:

      I saw that! It didn’t take long, did it.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        If he can’t cut the mustard as a “cardiac kid” kind of closer, he’s going to cut it even less in the middle innings. You can live with a middle reliever walking every other guy even less.

        Unless there’s some unforseen resurgence, I think his goose is pretty cooked. Too bad. Kind of guy you hated because the antics happened while he was shutting down your team.

        • LK says:

          Eh, I’m not sure about that. Even if he were a Yankee I think I would’ve taken issue with Valverde. I think the “unwritten rules” are bullshit, and I’ve got no problem with pimping it after a homer or whatnot, but celebrating after the first out of the 9th is poor sportsmanship in my opinion.

    • forensic says:

      So sad to see him go.

  9. trr says:

    Hoping this is just the small beginning of needed changes.
    This is about the smallest upgrade you could imagine, but I think it is an upgrade….

    • Andrew says:

      When they acquired Brignac, Cashman said Brignac was considered an upgrade over Gonzalez so…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      A few of the most requested changes on here have happened. This was one. Both Zoilo and Neal are up. This was another one.

      Can’t say they’re not trying something different with the internal pieces they’ve got. I don’t know what they’ve got in Zoilo, and I actually do believe Adams can be a piece of moving forward and is just stuck in a bad place at the moment, but the rest are going to be either incremental change or just “something different.”

      • Travis L. says:

        If Gonzalez flames out quickly, they are going to call up Walter Ibarra!

      • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

        We’ll never get all of the changes we feel the team should make, but I take it as a (slightly) positive sign that the team is doing something. I hope they continue to change things and that some of the changes produce results. While this is a small change, maybe it’s just the beginning (along with Zoilo actually getting a start today over Wells).

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I take it as a positive for sure. Now they have to find the right combination of changes.

          • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

            Just gotta hope there are enough positives availabe to them that the front office sees as being cost effective short and long term ….

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Please shorten your name.

  10. Frank says:

    Plus, Zoilo getting the start in LF over Wells. Yay.

    • forensic says:

      It’s good, but I wouldn’t get too used to it. He’ll get some share of starts against righties, but I guarantee you it won’t be only Wells holding down the bench on those days, though it clearly should be.

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Looks like Adams will have to work through his issues in the lineup like a big boy.

    • LarryM FL says:

      Thats what I like. See what he has if its $hit let him go. At least the kid could get an opportunity to say, “they (Yankees) gave me a real shot at making it.”

  12. TIO RICO says:

    Remember how every year we as Yankees fans ask the org. to play the kids so we can see what we have? Well here it is folks. And it hasn’t been pretty.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:


      For one, these aren’t the kids most want to see play. The problem hasn’t exactly been the kids either. Fine, Romine looks totally lost and Adams is, at best, slumping, but don’t blame the rest of the kids playing for the team’s issues. Claiborne, Warren, and Phelps have done just fine.

      • Preston says:

        It’s a little bit fair. I can be a big prospect hugger. I was beating the drum for Romine and Adams to play everyday, and here’s what you get. This is why the Yankees prefer veterans over fringe prospects, they’re more predictable and the Yankees can afford it. Who knew that the guys getting paid to make the decisions knew more than armchair GM’s like me. And as for Phelps and the other pitchers. I think that just hammers home the point. Everybody was so mad when the Yankees didn’t give Phelps the spot start and signed Brian Gordon (me included) but maybe he wasn’t ready and the extra time in AAA did him good…

    • LarryM FL says:

      The Yankees should look to Tampa Bay for the way too bring a kid up. They play them until its obvious if they show yea or nay!

      You can not prove you belong if you get 50 at bats over a month time frame. Its sporadic and leads to lack of confidence when the timing is just not there.

  13. DERP says:

    Steve Pearce DFAed. Claim him right now.

  14. forensic says:

    Good thing everything this organization does seems like it moves at a glacial pace, otherwise Brignac wouldn’t have been able to reach 40+ AB’s for that faux list of worst offensive players in Yankees history.

  15. stuart a says:

    if it is true Steve Pearce was Dfa’d i would put in a clam for him. yankees need righty bats.

    brignac just goes to show you the brilliant organizatioms make mistakes all the time. big pick by the Rays, the guy simply is an awful hitter. his swing is so long, how can he not change his mechanics…unbelievable so much defensive ability but cannot hit 220. at 220 brignac can play every day at well under 150 he cannot play…you cannot bat a pitcher in the AL in AL parks….

  16. LarryM Fl says:

    We can find guys to field but they can not hit at all. If they could hit a bit. We would not have them available to us. It kind of indicates the play on the offensive side that we can expect.

  17. pat says:

    We don’t need these bums when we have Gotsuke Katoh hitting bombs in his second pro AB.

    • I'm One says:

      Bring him up! Let Cano go now. Don’t enven need a lot in return, just dump the salary and use it elsewhere!

  18. LK says:

    I’m fine with this move. Probably won’t make much of a difference, but can’t hurt.

  19. Scott says:

    Michael Young – I just looked him up, and he’d be a really good fit as (a) platoon partner for Lyle (Young still OPS’s 800-850 vs LHP, which is literally 250 points above Lyle) and (b) occasional 3B if Adams doesn’t snap out of it. He also wouldn’t cost any kind of top prospect.

    • Pat D says:

      Fuck that fucking fucker.

      He’d be one guy I would absolutely never, ever root for if he wore pinstripes.

      Not only that, but I’d consider renouncing my fandom.

      • I'm One says:

        Tell us how you really feel …

        • Pat D says:

          I hate him because he’s been overrated, not underrated, his whole career. He’s been referred to as a team player so many times, yet he bitched, moaned and whined when the Rangers moved him off short for Andrus and then signed Beltre to play third.

          And someone on this board once said how Texas announcers said something like, “If he played in New York, he’d be Derek Jeter.”

          Yea, try again on that comp.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            Jeter also refused to move from short when the team got ARod. That’s not exactly a team-first thing to do.

            • Pat D says:

              Jeter has still always been a better player than Young. And the situations were somewhat different.

            • Preston says:

              Jeter was never asked to move off of short, at the time Cashman said that because of the difference in body types (Alex being bigger) they thought they’d age better if Jeter stayed at SS and Alex moved to 3B. Given how things have played out that kind of seems like a correct decision.

      • forensic says:

        Now there are two reasons to get him… ;-)

  20. Fin says:

    Hard to give a crap at these lateral moves. Just removed one guy who sucks and replaced him a guy that is probably going to suck as much or close enough for it not to matter. The Yankees probably should have made the move, but I don’t think it matters in the least. I guess this is what it looks like when all of your infielders are hurt outside of Cano.

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