Brett agreed to a minor-league contract with Texas on Wednesday.
Brett will add more organizational depth to the Rangers' infield after spending last year in the minor leagues with Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old was only able to play in 20 games due to an ongoing elbow injury that has kept him limited since the start of the 2015 season. He will likely begin this season at Triple-A Round Rock.
Brett (elbow) will open the year on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
He is presumably on the DL due to an ongoing elbow issue that has limited him to just 88 games since the start of the 2015 season. Brett was once seen as a player with a potentially plus hit tool, but the lost time and the fact that he is now 25 have erased any prior prospect intrigue.
Brett was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Brett was once a promising prospect in the Rays system, but after missing the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, the team non-tendered him in the offseason. A healthy Brett re-signed with the team on minor-league deal in December that included an invitation to spring training, but his 7-of-18 showing from the plate in Grapefruit League play wasn't enough for him to secure an Opening Day roster spot. After a year away from the game, the Rays likely want to see Brett see some extended time at Triple-A Durham before potentially considering him for a promotion.
Brett hit a solo home run in his one official at-bat in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees an added a sacrifice fly for another RBI.
Brett tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth with a solo shot to left field and then provided what appeared to be an insurance run in the 10th with a sacrifice fly to center. The 25-year-old, looking for a fresh start after missing all of last season with an elbow injury, continues to acquit himself well in his bid to impress, as he's now hitting an even .300 with Tuesday's homer and three overall RBI over 10 at-bats across five spring games.
Brett (elbow) went 0-for-2 in Thursday's 19-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox.
The 25-year-old non-roster invitee is attempting to revive his career after missing all of 2016 with his elbow injury. Brett has seen plenty of reps so far this spring, as the Rays try to make a robust evaluation of his potential. Factoring in Thursday's hitless outing, the second baseman owns a .222 average (2-for-9) with one RBI and one run over four spring outings. Consistent contact has notably been a problem thus far, as five of the seven outs Brett have come on strikeouts.
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