Former Yankees No. 1 draft choice Andrew Brackman has an agreement on a one-year, major-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.
Brackman had a disappointing 2011 season in the minors, going 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA for Triple-A Scranton but he allowed no runs in a brief 2 1/3-inning September cameo with the Yankees. He is a hard thrower who had problems with control, both striking out and walking 75 batters last year at Scranton.
Sources say the Reds would be happy if he came close to tapping his vast potential.
The Yankees released him rather than pay the good money he would have been entitled following the year. Sources indicate he will receive the major-league minimum $480,000 plus a half million in incentives with Cincinnati.
Trivia: Brackman is a Cincinnati native. He attended Moeller High School -- the alma mater of Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, David Bell and Buddy Bell. He was also a high school teammate of the Giants' Eric Surkamp.
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