The Phillies on Tuesday signed utility infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, perhaps closing the book on Kevin Frandsen's days in Philly.
Brignac, 27, was a second-round pick of the Rays in 2004. He was a top-100 prospect by Baseball America four straight seasons from 2007-10, ranking as high as 17th league-wide in '07. But the further along he got in the minors, the worse he hit, and he's never been able to solve major-league pitching.
Brignac, who bats lefty, barely played in the majors in 2008, 2009, 2012 or 2013. In 2010 and 2011 he compiled 590 plate appearances for the Rays and hit .227/.271/.311.
His main position is shorstop, but Brignac can also play second base, third base and both corner outfield positions.
The Phils are deep in utility men, with Brignac, Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez on the 40-man roster. The more they stockpile spare parts, the less likely it is they go to arbitration with Frandsen.
The 31-year-old Frandsen avoided arbitration last season by re-signing with the Phils for $850,000. You can expect that pricetag to soar to $1 million for 2014, which is a bit pricey for a guy who really struggled last season. After mashing lefties and delivering clutch pinch-hits in 2012, Frandsen hit .192 in his final 159 plate appearances of 2013.