Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 4 days ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 weeks ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 3 weeks ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 3 weeks ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 months ago

Ryan was reassigned to Minor League camp Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 months ago

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.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 4 months ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 5 months ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 6 months ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Brendan Ryan 2B/SS/3B LAA 7 months ago

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

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.