Andrew Backman Released by Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Andrew Brackman has been released by the New York Yankees, four years after signing a contract for a $3.35 million bonus.

New York drafted Brackman in the first round with the 30th pick in 2007, knowing the 6-foot-10 right-hander from North Carolina State likely would need elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He had the operation that Aug 24.

Brackman made his major league debut on Sept. 22 this year and had three appearances, all against Tampa Bay. He allowed one hit and three walks in 2 1-3 scoreless innings.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the team declined its 2012 option, which called for a salary of $1 million in the major leagues and $500,000 in the minors. Brackman’s contract required that he be released if the option was declined.

New York is responsible for the entire signing bonus, which must be paid by January.

Source: Associated Press