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.