Twins may have interest in slick infielder Reid Brignac


April 16, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac (15) throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins built a pitching staff that should induce many ground balls this season, so having a defensive middle infield that can gobble up grounders is a must.

Reid Brignac, who was recently designated for assignment, is a slick-

fielding infielder capable of playing both shortstop and second base. His career .227 batting average is not something to get excited about, but he is a very solid defensive player.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, believes the Twins could be interested in the sure-handed Brignac.

The Twins are projected to enter the season with Pedro Florimon at shortstop and Brian Dozier at second base. Florimon looked good defensively in his short stint with the Twins last season, and the team is hopeful Dozier will make a better transition to second base after struggling at shortstop last season.

Minnesota has limited options behind Florimon and Dozier. Jamey Carroll, 39 in a couple weeks, is expected to open the season in a utility role.

Heyman believes the Astros could also be interested in Brignac.