Brignac accepts assignment with Triple-A club

Infielder provides depth with Major League experience at New Orleans

Brignac accepts assignment with Triple-A club

MIAMI -- The Marlins are retaining some valuable organizational depth as utility infielder Reid Brignac has accepted his Minor League assignment. He will join Triple-A New Orleans.

The 29-year-old could have opted out of his contract on Friday but decided to remain with the organization. In Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, Brignac made a strong case to make Miami's roster, but he was cut on Tuesday.

Brignac batted .289 with a .357 on-base percentage, going 11-for-38.

A Louisiana native, Brignac gets to play close to home in New Orleans. He also gives the Marlins added Minor League depth at second base, shortstop and third base.

Brignac broke in with the Rays in 2008, and he's also been with the Rockies and Yankees before playing 37 games with the Phillies in 2014.

The Marlins gave serious consideration to keeping Brignac, but instead they went with Don Kelly, who had the edge because he plays first base, the outfield and also is an emergency third catcher.

Donovan Solano made the team as a right-handed-hitting utility player.

At New Orleans, the Marlins will have plenty of infield options with big league experience, including Brignac, shortstop Miguel Rojas, first baseman Justin Bour, and Derek Dietrich, who could play third base and second base.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.