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Reds finalize one-year deal with righty Andrew Brackman

Jan 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Reds signed right-hander Andrew Brackman to a one-year contract on Wednesday afternoon.

The deal, which was first discussed last month, will pay Brackman the veteran major league minimum. It also carries some performance-based incentives.

Brackman was selected by the Yankees with 30th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft but failed to meet the hype within the Bombers’ minor league system. A native of Cincinnati and former basketball and baseball standout at Moeller High School, he’ll look to revitalize his career with a change of scenery.

Brackman had a 6.00 ERA and 75/75 K/BB ratio in 96 innings last year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  1. jckid21 - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    And in other news, according to the Red’s official Twitter feed Brackman will be used primarily as a the batboys’ trainer/massage therapist.

  2. baseballisboring - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    So what, it’s a major league deal? Why?

  3. jwbiii - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    John Sickels review of Brackman’s 2011 season

    Andrew “The Scranton Horror” Brackman, RHP, Grade B-: 7.26 ERA with 58/69 K/BB in 76 innings for Scranton, 71 hits allowed. He is hounded by abominable, eldritch control problems, like insane flute music pulsating with a mind-bending disharmony of universal, ultimate chaos. Those who ruminate overmuch on the chthonic mysteries of Andrew Brackman’s career put their sanity at risk, as their mental boundaries melt under the hideous assault of such an unspeakable waste of talent and money. Ia! Shub-Niggurath! Ia! Ia! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Walks!

    • baseballisboring - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Wow.

      • marinersnate - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        But, but, wait…. Wasn’t he one of the three (3) vaunted “Killer B’s”? And now there are only two (2) “Killer B’s”?

        It reminds one of another triad of “can’t miss” NYY SP prospects just a few short years ago. Weren’t their names Kennedy, Hughes, and “Jobber”? Let’s see. It seems that Hughes is trying to stake his claim to the #6 SP in the Yankees rotation. (He will have to fight off Freddy Garcia for that honor). Jobber is out, of course, with TJ surgery. But when he plays, he is one heck of a middle reliever. Kennedy is a Cy Young candidate. Pitching in the desert of Arizona.

        Then came the three (3) “Killer B’s”. Now there are only two (2)? No, I absolutely do not see a pattern of over-hyped prospects here. Not at all.

      • jwbiii - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:50 AM

        The other two B prospects also have hit-the-mitt problems but not as bad as Brackman. Sickels’ reviews generally read more like Jack Webb than H.P. Lovecraft:

        Dellin Betances, RHP, Grade B+: 3.57 ERA with 103/53 K/BB in 93 innings for Double-A Trenton, 75 hits, 1.32 GO/AO. Looks fine to me with a few more control adjustments.

        Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B: 3.59 ERA with 102/55 K/BB in 100 innings between 20 starts for Trenton and one for Scranton, 101 hits allowed. Like Betances, he could use more Triple-A time to refine his command but his stock remains high with me.

      • jwbiii - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:00 AM

        Reading over this again, a few control adjustments to get their walk rates below 4.5 would be positive steps.

  4. pisano - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    ” Reds finalize one- year deal with righty Andrew Brackman” And they can have him!!!

  5. metalhead65 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    hey he is a hometown kid and besides they needed someone to replace volquez and he fits the bill. hard thrower no control high era and had tommy john sugery so he has everything covered..

  6. irish2011 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Oh yeah forgot no one in majors EVER rejuvenate their career!

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    By stoke of (bad) luck it seems Brackman pitched most of the games I attended last year. It was horrendous each time. Trust me. Although I am not a Yankee fan so I kind of took joy in it.

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