Brignac was released by the Nationals on Saturday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Brignac was always a long shot to break camp with the Nationals, and his .179 batting average across 28 spring at-bats did little to help his cause. He'll now look to latch on elsewhere, though given his lack of major-league success, the 32-year-old will likely be limited to an organization depth role.
Brignac signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Brignac's deal includes an invitation to spring training. Brignac spent the 2017 season at Triple-A Fresno, where he slashed .251/.326/.411 over 110 games. Brignac does have some experience in the majors, but his performance has been subpar. Over 369 games he's hit .219 with a .573 OPS.
Brignac is experimenting with switch-hitting this spring in order to give himself a better shot of seeing more playing time, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. After slashing a woeful .207/.207/.276 in 29 plate appearances with the Braves and an unspectacular performance in 424 plate appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett, Brignac is changing things up in order to make himself more of a threat as a hitter. The 31-year-old journeyman will be hoping that, by becoming a switch-hitter, his manager will be less inclined to pinch hit for him later in games in order to get a favorable righty-lefty matchup. While it is a promising idea, Brignac will have to prove this spring that he can actually hack it from both sides of the plate.
Brignac signed a minor league contract with the Astros on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brignac has spent time in the majors in each of the past nine seasons, but he hasn't reached 100 plate appearances in any of the past five years and has totaled just 46 plate appearances over the past two campaigns. The soon-to-be 31-year-old is a .219/.264/.309 career hitter at the major league level, but he can play shortstop, second base and third and thus has some real-life value.
Brignac has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. After getting designated for assignment Friday, Brignac will elect to remain in the organization, rather than become a free agent. A backup infielder for one of the most offensively-challenged teams in baseball likely wasn't going to get much attention on the free agent market anyway.