Phillies' big contracts restrict free-agent options
Reid Brignac has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with the Rays, Rockies and Yankees. (USA Today Images)
The Phillies have signed veteran utility infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league contract with an invite to major-league spring training camp.
Brignac, who turns 28 in January, appeared in 46 games with the Rockies and Yankees in 2013. He plays shortstop, second base and third base, and has even seen some brief time in the outfield during his six seasons in the majors.
Brignac is a career .221 hitter. His best season was 2010 when he appeared in 113 games for Tampa Bay and hit .256 with eight homers and 45 RBIs in 301 at-bats.
The Phillies have several utility infielders on their roster, including Kevin Frandsen, Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez. Frandsen is eligible for salary arbitration and must be tendered a contract by Dec. 2 or become a free agent.
Brignac could push for a spot on the big-league club in spring training.