Elliot Johnson, Reid Brignac Traded Away as Rays Report to Camp

It’s just Day 2 of Rays spring training camp, and there’s already a handful of storylines to talk about from Port Charlotte.

Starting with the most recent news, the Rays dealt middle infielder Reid Brignac to Colorado today for cash considerations and a player to be named.

This came just a little over a week after both Brignac and Elliot Johnson were designated for assignment to make room for recently-signed Kelly Johnson and Kyle Farnsworth on the 40-man roster.

Earlier this week, Elliot Johnson was shipped to Kansas City as the final PTBNL in the James Shields blockbuster last December.

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In other Rays happenings, there’s news from both Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney, who have been planning to pitch for team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next month.

Peralta suffered a strange injury Tuesday, tweaking his neck getting out of his car to pick up sandwiches. It’s still probably not as bizarre as David Price’s neck injury from toweling off during spring training last year, and fortunately Peralta will only be missing a few days. For unrelated reasons, the Peralta might skip the WBC.

Fernando Rodney talked to reporters yesterday, clarifying that there hasn’t been any extension talks between him and the Rays and he was simply misunderstood by the press twice. He also expressed that he’s satisfied with his current contract.

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Skipper Joe Maddon spoke to the press early this week on reporting day. He discussed the potential lineup, saying that Desmond Jennings will hit leadoff. He also discussed the rotation, saying that Alex Cobb is “pretty much ensconced” as one of the back two starters in the starting five.

Evan Longoria also spoke to reporters, saying that his surgically-repaired hamstring feels great.

Other Rays News and Notes:

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4 comments

  1. A.F.

    I really don’t think the loss of Reid and Elliot will hurt the team,probably the opposite.I can’t wait to see the new lineup and looking forward to a great American League East battle.Go Rays!!!

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