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Yanks decline righty Brackman's option

Yanks decline righty Brackman's option

Yanks decline righty Brackman's option
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have declined their 2012 option on right-hander Andrew Brackman, making the former first-round Draft pick a free agent.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced the move on Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.

Brackman, 25, got his first taste of Major League duty this September with three scoreless appearances spanning 2 1/3 innings, while permitting three walks and a hit.

The 6-foot-11 hurler was 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 33 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, issuing 75 walks and striking out 75 in 96 innings. He allowed 65 runs (64 earned) and 82 hits.

Brackman signed a four-year, $4.55 million deal after being taken 30th overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft from North Carolina State University and missed all of '08 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Brackman compiled a record of 15-29 with a 5.11 ERA in 89 Minor League games (58 starts) from 2009-11, pitching at four different levels in New York's system.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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