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Yankees decline option on Brackman

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman just announced that the Yankees did not pick up their option year on Andrew Brackman.

Brackman is now a free agent.

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63 Responses to “Yankees decline option on Brackman”

  1. kd November 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    repost:

    pat m,

    to whom? let’s hope they’re too extended after the purchase and extend kemp

  2. kd November 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    not surprising. he’s still a long way from consistency

  3. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman: @NickSwisher option an “easy call & postseason had nothing to do w/it. He’s one of the best RF in game, we’re lucky to have him.”

  4. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    When I hear the word “conservative” I have doubts they will be serious about Yu. It also makes me disgusted for other reasons.

    Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    YESKimJones Cashman on Jesus Montero: “He could be a catcher, he could be a DH, he could be a bat off the bench, depending on how the roster looks.”

    I don’t like even the mention of “bat off the bench” as a possibility here.

  5. Bryan November 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Where are all those geniuses who said Brackman was good

    Come out wherever you are

  6. Joe from Long Island November 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    kind of surprising, yet not so surprising.

    yes, they’ve invested a fair bit of time and money on brackman. however, you can understand the frustration, and more than that, the growing concerns that this is all he might become – someone who cannot repeat his mechanics well enough to justify keeping him on the 40-man. remember, boras negotiated a ML contract all those years ago, and he’s still not shown ML ability.

  7. vblade November 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    A bat not being a need? I hope this is just GM-talk, because that is the height of denial.

  8. Joe from Long Island November 1st, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    predicting athletic performance is only slightly less difficult than predicting market swings from day to day.

  9. Eroc November 1st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    “When I hear the word “conservative” I have doubts they will be serious about Yu”

    Yet 20 seconds later, he said his priority was to upgrade the rotation. Hard to do that while being conservative. Will be very interesting to see what their plans are.

  10. vblade November 1st, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman: @NickSwisher option an “easy call & postseason had nothing to do w/it. He’s one of the best RF in game, we’re lucky to have him.”

    ——-

    The dude hasn’t hit in the postseason six years running. If it stretches into a seventh in 2012, this will be his last year in New York.

  11. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    DanBarbarisi Cashman on Posada: “That’s something we’ll have to discuss here on the short term — it’s not something I’m prepared to talk about today.”

  12. Joe from Long Island November 1st, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    some of you guys should not try to buy a car by yourselves. salesmen would be drooling.

  13. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, vblade-I haven’t seen you on here in a long time! :)

  14. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    The offense isn’t a problem …….when a Lefty is pitching

  15. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    DanBarbarisi Cashman on Posada: “That’s something we’ll have to discuss here on the short term — it’s not something I’m prepared to talk about today.”

    Translation: “We are hoping he retires and we don’t have to make that decision.”

  16. LGY November 1st, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Wow.

  17. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Does this mean the killer Bs is now a duo? (It has been for awhile)

  18. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    MarcCarig Cashman just compared Russell Martin’s leadership to that of Thurman Munson.

  19. pat November 1st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    The question was “a big bat” ala Prince or Pujols not just “a bat”.

    Did you really think Prince or Pujols was a possibility?

  20. ADam November 1st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Surprising… I thought he’d be in the mix for the long relief/mop up role… Oh well he really regressed the last two years and he’s not all that young,, I think he turns 27 this year…

  21. Pat M. November 1st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    kd…..there’s no word as to whom will be buying the LA Dodgers but they must have plenty of dough and one hell of a credit line with a bank…..Kemp is one season away from being the new best player in the game so I doubt he’ll be selling his Malibu home anytime soon…….They could trade him and stock up a system already pretty loaded…..This news will translate into the Dodgers drawing 3 + million fans again maybe even pushing towards the 4 million plateau…..

  22. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman, on @russellmartin55: “He’s under our control. (Arbitration eligible.) He was fantastic, he didn’t disappoint. ….I’m a big fan.”

  23. Chip November 1st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    From “untouchable” at this time last year to “undesireable” this year. Wonderful pick guys. Question becomes do they re-sign him to a minor league deal at a lower price?

  24. LGY November 1st, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    MarcCarig Cashman just compared Russell Martin’s leadership to that of Thurman Munson

    ——-

    Make it stop.

  25. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    They don’t need a big bat…..but the offense could use a tweak or two.

  26. Pat M. November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Bummed out about Andrew Brackman, I always thought he’d be a monster late inning reliever…..

  27. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    LGY-I posted that one just for you. :P

  28. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Do we really believe everything Cash says?

  29. Baseball Mogul November 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I don’t think a bat is a ‘need’ exactly. Tex, Arod, and the DH slot all had ‘down years’. I’d like to think that a healthy Alex, more selective Tex, and a full year of Montero (hopefully more DH/C and only a handful of PH) will make up for that…

  30. Chip November 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Pat M. November 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Bummed out about Andrew Brackman, I always thought he’d be a monster late inning reliever…..

    —————

    Can’t be a monster reliever if you can’t throw strikes.

  31. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman on Francisco Cervelli’s health: “Cervelli is fine. He’s full-bore, ready to go as a catcher.”

  32. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Couldn’t Thurman Munson hit a little bit?

  33. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    YESKimJones More Cash on @russellmartin55: Says a long-term contract is possible, as is one-year deal. Cites NYY catcher depth as allowing flexibility.

  34. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Not surprised Brackman was released. Looks like he’ll still be paid a portion of his signing bonus thru next year. Investment of near 10M with little return.

    4 years/$4.55M (2007-10), plus club options through 2013
    signed Major League contract 8/15/07
    $3.35M signing bonus (paid over 6 years)

    options and escalators may increase value to $13M
    if option is not exercised, club must release Brackman

    exercise of 2011 option triggers $1M bonus

    NY Yankees exercised 2011 option 10/27/10 (2011 salary of $1M in majors, $0.4M in minors)

  35. Chip November 1st, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Couldn’t Thurman Munson hit a little bit?

    —————

    I don’t think the line was comparing all aspects of their game, just their leadership.

    It’s kinda like if you said, Brett Gardner is every bit as fast as Rickey Henderson ever was – doesn’t mean he’s the player Rickey was – just that one aspect of them is very similar.

  36. bisonthrow November 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    If Cashman is serious about Jesus being a bat off the bench… Prince damn well better be the every day DH

  37. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The Yankees ideally either need Tex, Jeter, and Swisher to perform better vs RHP…..or they need another bat to help balance them out. Tex in particular needs to do better……he’s been Carlos Pena for 2 seasons now vs RHP and unlike Swisher he’s supposed to be a focal point of the lineup.

  38. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman on A.J.: “He’s had to deal with adversity because of the inconsistent performance. … He still was able to step up in October.”

  39. Chip November 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    YESKimJones Cashman on Francisco Cervelli’s health: “Cervelli is fine. He’s full-bore, ready to go as a catcher.”

    —————–

    Makes sense to keep him as the back up so that Montero and Martin can both be in the lineup.

  40. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    “I don’t think the line was comparing all aspects of their game, just their leadership.”

    Yea…..Id rather have the hitting aspect

  41. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Couldn’t Thurman Munson hit a little bit?

    Yep, more than a little.

    But I think Cashman was referring to his “leadership ability”. I wonder how many wins that translates into.

  42. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Blake-

    Know you’re joking but yeah Thurman Munson could hit a little bit!!

    Career: 113 HR, .292 BA, 701 RBI, C, 1976 AL MVP, 1970 AL RoY, 7xAllStar, 3xGG, Yankees 1969-1979

  43. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    DanBarbarisi Cash On AJ “If anybody wants to approach me on anybody on this roster, if they don’t have a full no trade clause, worst I can tell em is no”

  44. Joe from Long Island November 1st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Pat M. – signing brackman back in 07 was regarded as an example of high risk-high reward. the thought was that after his tj, he would come back stronger, and with great stuff. unfortunate, the consistency just wasn’t there. this kind of failure would be significant for a lot of teams, yanks one of few who could take the risk. they only lost some money.

  45. spidanyc November 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Should have traded Brackman last offseason when his value was high.

  46. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman on A.J.: “He’s had to deal with adversity because of the inconsistent performance. … He still was able to step up in October.”

    So with Swisher October didn’t matter, but with AJ it does.

    I guess Cash was just grasping for whatever positive he could with AJ. Seems like he is intent on only saying positive things today.

  47. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    “DanBarbarisi Cash On AJ “If anybody wants to approach me on anybody on this roster, if they don’t have a full no trade clause, worst I can tell em is no””

    Say yes.

  48. Nick in SF November 1st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I like the idea that AJ’s poor performance is the adversity he had to overcome to improve his… performance.

    That might make more sense translated into French Canadian, where Martin is like Munson.

  49. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The Yankees ideally either need Tex, Jeter, and Swisher to perform better vs RHP…..or they need another bat to hel.p balance them out. Tex in particular needs to do better.
    —————————————-
    He did less with weights last offseason, concentrating on his hitting and even meeting with Long in January if I recall correctly. Hope he’s does a better job this coming year and sustains last years April success thru the entire year.

  50. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman: “if” Burnett is Yank, he’ll be in rotation. On follow-up: open “to anybody’s ideas” in trade market. But innings hard to replace.

  51. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Cashman on A.J.: “He’s had to deal with adversity because he isnt any good of the inconsistent performance. … He still was able to step up in October.”

  52. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    YESKimJones Cashman lauded Burnett’s taking the ball every 5 & “accountability.” Also continues to hope they can solve inconsistent Burnett. Call over.

  53. Chip November 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    “I don’t think the line was comparing all aspects of their game, just their leadership.”

    Yea…..Id rather have the hitting aspect

    ———————

    Aside from Montero – who we don’t know can be a league average catcher behind the plate – name 10 catchers in the league you would rather have than Russ Martin.

    I can think of three – maybe four:

    McCann
    Napoli
    Posey
    Weiters

  54. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Chip-Yadier Molina

  55. blake November 1st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Chip,

    Im pro bringing Russ back……but……Mauer, Yadier, Arencibia, just to name a few onto your list.

  56. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    New Post: Quick notes from Cashman’s conference call

    :arrow:

  57. champ809 November 1st, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    what the Yanks should do is break this habit of giving up on kids with elite arms and instead invest in the proper coaching to harness it.

    They could maybe then avoid having to go out in the FA market and buying the same type of performance for tens of millions of dollars more.

    To decline his option for a mere 400K when he realistically wasn’t going to make this team out of spring training is just short sighted. We spent a combined 8mil for Feliciano and Marte to play catch down in Tampa all year and an additional 500K as a parting shot for Marte to take his act elsewhere.

    It would in no way hurt the firm to at the very least give an arm like Brackman’s 1 more season at the AAA level to see if he can bring it all together particularly in a relief role where he excelled the last 2 months of last year.

    If he’s not resigned to some sort of minor league deal then he will be scooped up by some other team willing to take the flier on him and give him the necessary instruction to realize his game.

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