Right-hander Andrew Brackman was in Birmingham, Ala., yesterday and is likely to undergo elbow surgery before the end of the week.
But the Yankees still thought enough of the 6-foot-10 North Carolina State right-hander to sign him to a four-year major-league contract worth a minimum of $4.5 million.
Teams faced a deadline of midnight last night to sign players selected in the June draft.
Brackman’s contract could be worth as much as $13 million. The Yankees have a series of team options while Brackman can earn bonuses based on performance. His $3.3 million signing bonus is the most the team has ever given a draft pick.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed the deal 90 minutes before the deadline.
“Obviously we think he has tremendous upside,” Cashman said.
Brackman was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees and placed on the 40-man roster. Infielder Chris Basak was designated for assignment to make room.
The Yankees signed five other picks yesterday: catcher Austin Romine (second round), third baseman Brad Suttle (fourth round), catcher Richard Weems (sixth round), outfielder Taylor Grote (eighth round) and shortstop Carmen Angelini (10th round).
In each case, the Yankees exceeded the amount of money suggested by the commissioner’s office, which is trying to control spending on the draft.
Suttle, a junior at Texas, received $1.3 million. That’s the most ever for a fourth-round pick. Angelini was given $1 million to break a commitment to attend Rice.
That’s a lot of money for Brackman, a six-foot-ten, unrefined and mechanically unsound, potential Tommy John ‘victim’, even if he can touch 99 mph.
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