2012 Reds

Andrew Brackman signing is official

FYI:

The Reds today signed Moeller High School graduate RHP Andrew Brackman to a 1-year contract through the 2012 season…Brackman was the New York Yankees’ No. 1 pick (30th overall) of the June 2007 first-year player draft…he was born in and grew up in Cincinnati, where he was a baseball and basketball star at Moeller…his bio and head shot are attached.

It’s a major league deal, but Brackman has options. A risk worth taking, as we’ve said before.

8 thoughts on “Andrew Brackman signing is official

  1. Is it a split contract?

    I saw Brackman pitch in Scranton last summer. Boy, is he ever tall. He was pitching out of the pen, as a long man, I guess. Plunked two batters in a row (Corky Miller and Kris Negron).

    Roster’s at 38 now. If the Reds sign a backup SS, LFer, and Coco, they need another roster spot.

    And I see the Reds signed PJ, Brandon Phillips’ brother. I wonder if Brandon asked them to. PJ was a second round pick, but has been in pro baseball six years now, and is still in A-ball.

  2. @BubbaFan: i saw that about pj phillips too, and figured it was probably another indication that something gets done with brandon.

  3. @al:

    They signed Aaron Harang’s younger brother back in 2010. Daryl. He was much shorter than Aaron, and also a lefty. But he wasn’t very good. Didn’t even last the season.

  4. Andrew Brackman could be a bust, but there is hardly any risk and the possible reward is epic. This excites me. Kind of reminds me of Josh Hamilton for some reason. I don’t like the roster spot, but that’s a minor detail for now. We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it. I bet a spot opens from a trade.

  5. Meanwhile, I’d like to see the Reds move on Fukudome if the price is reasonable—2 yrs/$10mil? Of all the remaining FA outfielders, his 2011 was the most productive and consistent. Seems like a great 4th outfielder in that he can play all 3 positions and give you a good OBP w/ a lot of doubles. The only hangup if there is one is that he got 647 ABs last year. Almost by default that would price him out of our market considering what outfielders are getting paid. Someone is bound to guarantee him a starting spot, whereas I’m not sure we can.
    All this closer talk is really souring my enthusiasm for 2012. On the heels Marshall overpay, I’m not sure I could handle a CoCo signing. His presence on the roster will be a huge opportunity cost both in terms of money that could’ve been used on other talent acquisition as well as a lost opportunity for more deserving candidates.

  6. I like the Fukudome rumor and I like the fact that he reached out to our front office.

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