Brackman signed

The Reds made official Wednesday the signing of RHP Andrew Brackman. It is a one-year Major League contract.

Although Brackman was once a first-round Draft pick of the Yankees in 2007, he’s known best locally as being a product of Cincinnati and Moeller High School.

Signed by New York to a four-year, $3.35 million Major League contract out of North Carolina State, Brackman’s selection came with risk since the club knew he would promptly require Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

In three Minor League seasons, Brackman was 15-29 with a 5.11 ERA.

Brackman spent most of 2011 with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre but pitched three games in relief for New York in September — all were scoreless appearances.

The Yankees declined Brackman’s 2012 option after the season.

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***One other update/tidbit: The Reds will have pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 19, with the first workout set for the following afternoon. The full squad is scheduled to report and hold a workout on Feb. 24.


Should not they worry about usable big leaguers right now

You can nev er take a break from building for the future!

yes I know, but buiding means different things to different people—like getting pieces of the future back from the Cubs and Padres.

Got to move on…that’s done with.

He gives up a lot of walks but he is a pretty good pitcher. Hopefully he does well for the Reds.

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I really like this signing, Big kid with a great makeup, that now gets to come back home and pitch in fron of friends and family.

Could be a sneaky nice move here.

But what is his value for this year? Is he a middle relief guy? A guy who pitches out of the pen on the rare blowout days? Or is he a AAA starter that gets to throw a game or two when Bailey, Chapman, or Cueto go down with “elbow inflammation”?

He’ll be a middle relief guy…or least compete for that spot. At this time, he’s not being looked to as a starter. First priority is to fix his delivery…see my story on

I think he will do well there if he can keep the ball in the strike zone.

The Reds have a very good group of pitching coaches who will work with his delivery and mechanics. The kid has all the tools. Plus they only signed him to a one year deal, which is very business smart, because the he has always wanted to pitch in Cincy. Now he has a ton of motivation to impress the club and re-up for some more years after this season. Starter upside, but a middle relief guy this year. Curt, would you rather see them not take a chance on a hometown kid like this and let him go somewhere else? What do the Reds lose by doing this deal?

Im fine with it, im not against it. I just didn’t know if I should get excited about it for this year or not. If two years from now he is a starter, then great. I’m all for it.

Heard two things the past couple of days – Marty B on the Hot Stove League said that the team is greatly iomproved for 2012, compared with the end of 2011 (commenting on the Latos and Marshall deals). Today, whichever radio show I was listening to (usually people say ‘an unnamed source;’ for me, it’s just unnambeable) said the Dodgers’ TV money is increasing over the next couple of years from $40 M to $150 M. Put together, here’s what I get: the team’s building specifically for 2012, and maybe only 2012, and by Spring training 2013, Joey Votto will be wearing Dodger blue. I’d like to be shown wrong on both accounts. Will I?

I have no idea where Votto will end up, but I’m fairly certain it won’t be with the organization that groomed him. The bigger point, I think, is how television distorts everything. Here’s an organization (the Dodgers) on the brink of total financial disarray in 2010-2011, yet you correctly see them as near-future suitors for the top free agents, all because of their enormous television market. The fact that attendance dwindled at an alarming rate these past two years has only a blip of an impact. The new tv deal will net them BILLIONS over the ensuing years. People talk sometimes about revving up the Cincinnati fan base, filling the park regularly, and translating those revenues into a path for retaining players like Phillips and Votto. It would make very little difference even if it came to pass. It never did even in the era of the Big Red Machine. The television outreach surrounding Cincinnati is hemmed in by other near-by franchises and the population of our own balliwick is actually declining relative to most portions of the nation. I’ll repeat the alarm: unless there looms a radical restructuring of the game’s economic arrangements, teams in similar plights to that of our beloved team will never experience consistent success. We have maybe two years to give it a shot. By then, Votto will have sought new, almost certainly greener pastures.

Lets not assume anything at this time.

I can’t see Votto doing that. Only place I think he would go is Toronto.

Ya, he doesn’t want the big market. His personality can’t handle it. Not a knock on him, some people are just different.

I think the Reds front office is pretty good at these kinds of things and if they know they will not be able to sign him they will get a deal done that will get something (more than just a draft pick) to help the team. Now if the Reds are on pace to win a World Series that year (maybe back to back World Series wins) then maybe he will get picked up as a free agent for 250+ million by someone. I really don’t think Dodgers will be the highest bidder though.

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