As we inch closer and closer to MLB spring training, the free agent market is still chock-full of unsigned players. We've seen a modest handful of big names sign their deals, but given the slow-playing of the market by seemingly every club, teams are content to scrape at the bottom of the barrel hoping to find talent to fill things out.
According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Washington Nationals
Source: #Nationals sign free-agent infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2018
Brignac is a former second-round pick who never quite lived up to the big expectations. He spent close to five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays before being designated for assignment in February of 2013.
Since, Brignac has had a journeyman's career, spending time with the Rockies, Yankees, Phillies, Marlins, and Braves. A
Brignac faces an uphill battle to make the regular season roster, but gets another shot to play in the pros. This is a low-risk, low-reward signing for the Nationals depending on how Brignac performs this offseason.