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December 19, 2016 08:40 PM
Tigers' Brendan Ryan: Signs minor league contract with Tigers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Ryan spent the majority of his 2016 campaign with the Angels at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he slashed a paltry .232/.295/.274 in 212 plate appearances. The 34-year-old will likely begin the 2017 season in Triple-A Toledo and serve as organizational infield depth for the Tigers.

June 18, 2016 10:48 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.

Three days after being DFA'd, Ryan will head back to Salt Lake, where he's hitting .263 with eight RBI and 17 strikeouts in 21 games this season. The veteran failed to make an impact in limited action for the Angels, compiling just one hit in 13 at-bats over 17 games.

June 15, 2016 06:34 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Designated for assignment Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was designated for assignment by the Angels on Wednesday, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

Wednesday marks the second time Ryan has been DFA'd by the Angels in the last month. He had his contract selected by the Angels on June 1, but he only had two at-bats in the two weeks worth of games that followed before being DFA'd again Wednesday. He was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster for Andrelton Simmons. Ryan will now be placed on waivers and could rejoin the Angels organization if he goes unclaimed.

June 1, 2016 05:50 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Contract selected by Angels on Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan had his contract selected by the Angels on Wednesday, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

Ryan's whirlwind stay with the Angels' organization continued Wednesday with him being added back to the major league roster after being DFA'd and outrighted over the last week. He'll take the spot of Cliff Pennington, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday just days after returning from a hamstring injury. Ryan figures to add depth up the middle for the Angels and he can play some third base as well, but he's unlikely to lock down an everyday role.

May 31, 2016 07:30 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

This was to be expected, as Ryan really had no business being on a 40-man roster to begin with. The veteran infielder went 0-for-11 with the Angels before being designated for assignment last week.

May 28, 2016 01:08 AM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was designated for assignment by the Angels after Friday's game, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

With Cliff Pennington (hamstring) ready to return from the DL, the team went ahead and bumped Ryan, who failed to record a hit in 11 at-bats with the Angels. Now 34 years old, Ryan may have played his last game in the majors, but he's capable of filling an organizational depth need.

May 19, 2016 05:20 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Out of lineup Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

Gregorio Petit will get the start at shortstop in place of Ryan for Thursday's series finale against the cross-town Dodgers. Since joining the Angels, Ryan has gone hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Furthermore, he's only made two starts in the last week, so it appears Petit may have the edge in playing time at shortstop for the Angels.

May 11, 2016 05:52 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Making first start with Angels on Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan will make his first start as a member of the Angels on Wednesday, batting ninth and playing shortstop.

The veteran infielder was dealt to the Angels on Tuesday in the wake of Andrelton Simmons' thumb surgery. Ryan had slashed .263/.305/.382 with one home run and one stolen base at Triple-A Syracuse this season prior to being dealt to the Angels. With Simmons likely out for an extended period of time, Ryan could work his way into a semi-regular role up the middle with the Angels.

May 10, 2016 05:06 PM
Angels' Brendan Ryan: Traded to Angels on Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was traded to the Angels on Tuesday, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

The Angels were in need of infield help after it was determined Andrelton Simmons will need to go under the knife for thumb surgery, so Ryan will be able to fill that role. The 34-year-old is primarily known for his defense, but he was hitting a decent .263 at the Triple-A level this season before the trade. Cliff Pennington figures to continue receiving the majority of the starts at shortstop in Simmons' absence, but Ryan could rotate in there occasionally.

April 3, 2016 03:59 PM
Nationals' Brendan Ryan: Sent to the minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday.

Ryan was unable to earn a roster spot over the likes of Daniel Murphy, Danny Espinosa or Stephen Drew. However, Ryan will be one of the first middle infield options called upon should that need arise this season.

March 29, 2016 11:17 AM
Nationals' Brendan Ryan: In contention for bench spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan remains in contention for the final spot on the Nationals' bench, thanks in part to a .379/.400/.517 performance at the plate this spring in 29 at-bats.

He doesn't actually have that kind of upside at the plate, but Ryan's slick glovework could allow him to sneak onto the end of the Nats' 25-man roster. With Danny Espinosa and Stephen Drew also on the roster, however, Ryan's playing time as a utility infielder would be limited, and he'd be the most likely roster casualty once the team decides to call up Trea Turner.

February 2, 2016 02:19 PM
Nationals' Brendan Ryan: Signs with Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Ryan had been traded to the Cubs earlier in the offseason, but the veteran was released shortly after. He'll get an invitation to spring training as part of the deal, but the 33-year-old figures to serve primarily as organizational depth up the middle of the infield.

December 23, 2015 03:14 PM
Brendan Ryan: Released by Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was released by the Cubs on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of reports.

Ryan's stint with the Cubs was brief given that he joined the club via trade on Dec. 8. He was a late addition to the trade that sent Starlin Castro to the Yankees; however, after the Cubs signed pitcher Edgar Olmos on Wednesday, they needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Ryan will hit free agency and could sign with a team looking to shore up its middle infield.

December 8, 2015 08:26 PM
Cubs' Brendan Ryan: Traded to Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan was traded to the Cubs on Tuesday along with Adam Warren in exchange for Starlin Castro, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

By including Ryan in the deal, the Yankees freed up $1 million as well as a 40-man roster spot. He would seem like a long shot to make it to Opening Day on a Chicago team that still has a plethora of infield options. Ryan hit just .229/.275/.333 in 47 games with the Yankees last season.

November 3, 2015 03:43 PM
Yankees' Brendan Ryan: Exercises player option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ryan exercised his $1 million player option for 2016 on Tuesday.

He will take a steep pay cut to remain in the Yankees' organization after making $2 million in 2015. The 33-year-old posted just a .608 OPS in 103 plate appearances this past season, while appearing in fewer than 50 games for a second straight year. Ryan's chances of emerging from camp with anything more than a utility role are slim.

October 3, 2015 10:25 AM
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

Gregorious could just be avoiding two starts in one day, as the Yankees clinched the playoffs and are sitting several starters for Game 1. Brendan Ryan will take over shortstop in the meantime, batting ninth.

July 25, 2015 05:40 PM
Didi Gregorius gets day off for Yankees, replaced by Brendan Ryan
by Shawn Krest |

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan gets his first start since June 10, Saturday against Minnesota. 

Ryan starts at short for the second time replacing Didi Gregorius, who has started the last 22 games and 84 on the year. 

July 21, 2015 04:40 PM
Yankees' Brendan Ryan starts at second base Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan has returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Orioles. Ryan was activated from the disabled list on Friday, after missing nearly a month with an upper-back strain.

He entered Sunday's game as a defensive replacement, but Tuesday will be his first time back in the lineup since the injury.

July 17, 2015 04:10 PM
Yankees reinstate Brendan Ryan from DL; option Gregorio Petit
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

The Yankees activated infielder Brendan Ryan from the disabled list Friday, the team announced. Ryan had been sidelined since June 21 with an upper back issue.

With Ryan back on the roster, the team optioned second baseman Gregorio Petit to Triple-A. Petit hit .167 in 42 at-bats this season.

July 10, 2015 10:01 AM
Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan goes back on the DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a right thoracic strain (upper back). The move was retroactive to June 22.

Ryan has spent most of the season on the disabled list, as he has appeared in just six games. He is batting .308 (4 for 13) with two RBI.

Minor League Batting Stats
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2005A-Palm Beach491882957170116152081.303.355.410
2006A-Palm Beach314261001--210.429.429.500
2006A-St. College8345800033410.235.282.235
2008A-Palm Beach3121310001111.250.308.333
2014AA-Trenton Thunder3113400002100.364.462.364
2014AFA-Tampa Yankees4141400023300.286.412.286
2015AA-Trenton Thunder8251610013600.240.345.280
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