PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Reid Brignac was traded to the Rockies on Thursday for cash considerations and a player to be named.
Brignac, along with Elliot Johnson, was taken off the Rays' 40-man roster last week to make room for Kyle Farnsworth and Kelly Johnson.
Brignac, 27, appeared perched to take over the Rays' shortstop job when Jason Bartlett was traded to the Padres prior to the 2011 season. But Brignac's bat did not match his excellence in the field, which resulted in him spending most of last season at Triple-A Durham. He played in just 16 Major League games in 2012 and hit .095.
The native of St. Amant, La., was originally signed by the Rays after they selected him with the 45th overall pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Brignac has a .231 career average with 10 home runs and 66 RBIs in 240 Major League games.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.